World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims
The third Sunday in November each year is ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.’
Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic collisions, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer.
South Dublin County Council’s Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh, is asking all road users in our community to use this ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims’, as a day to reflect on those who have lost their lives on our roads, think about their loved ones left behind, the injured and rehabilitated, how their lives have become affected and in many cases, destroyed as a result of a collision on the road.
Every year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured on Ireland’s roads, and around the world, hundreds are killed each day. Every road death, however caused, leaves a family bereaved forever. Many others remain deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague, neighbour or member of the community. The effect on the emergency services, who are faced with horrific scenes every day of their working lives is also profound. Road traffic injuries leave behind shattered families and communities.
To raise awareness of the day, a special event for family members of those who were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions was held by the RSA at Smock Alley Theatre on Thursday 16 November 2017. The Dublin Gospel Choir performed at the event. Other events are being held around the country on Sunday to mark this important Remembrance Day.