The 20th Anniversary of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The History of World Day

The third Sunday of November each year marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (“World Day”).

World Day first received its recognition in 1995 with Road Victim Organisations around the world coming together to dedicate this day to those that have tragically lost their lives in road traffic collisions. In 2005 World Day received further recognition when the UN General Assembly agreed this Remembrance Day was the appropriate acknowledgment for victims of road traffic crashes.


Why is World Day commemorated?

The idea behind Word Day is to mark an annual occasion by which the population come together to remember the victims of road traffic collisions, as well as the families that are affected by the loss of their loved ones. With thousands of road traffic collisions occurring across the world each day, almost everyone can relate to how catastrophic road traffic collisions can be. In addition to remembering those that have lost their lives as a result of a road traffic collision, it is important to also think of those that have survived but live on with their permanent injuries and/or disabilities.

The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency crews that attend the scene of such tragic accidents whose efforts are often overlooked.

The motive behind World Day is also to raise awareness surrounding road safety and to encourage Governments and other organisations to work closely together to initiate crash prevention regimes in an attempt to reduce the number of ever rising collisions on our roads worldwide.


The Theme for this Year

Each year, World Day promotes a different theme to encourage the importance of road safety. This year’s theme is “Say no to Road Crime”. Just some examples of road crime include speeding, driving under the influence and the use of mobile phones while driving.

As a Personal Injury Solicitors firm, we experience first-hand the fatal implications road crime can have. Road crime not only puts lives at risk but also carries criminal penalties in the form of license points, fines and even imprisonment.


What you can do

You can ensure the safety of yourself and others around you by exercising caution while driving. For further information on how to ensure the safety on our roads, take a look at some of the other articles on our website –

In addition to taking time to remember those that have lost their lives in road traffic collisions, you can also promote World Day with the use of social media to raise awareness of the critical need to increase road safety.

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World Day is brilliantly supported in the UK by RoadPeace. Check their site for local events and information.

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