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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – Sunday 15 November

This year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Sunday 15 November, a day where people across the planet join together to remember all those killed or injured in road crashes.

RTA Victim

Across the world, around 4,000 people a day are killed on roads, with many hundreds of thousands injured. Since last year, around one and a half million people will have died in a road crash and millions more will have either sustained serious injuries or been left bereaved through the loss of a loved one.

The World Day of Remembrance takes place each year on the third Sunday of November. Activities and remembrance services take place around the globe to raise awareness of the devastation caused by road traffic accidents and to pay tribute to the emergency services who deal every day with the immediate aftermath of a collision.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme is Say No to Road Crime where the focus will be on improving both driver behaviour and the enforcement of traffic laws.

It’s been 10 years since the United Nations adopted the global remembrance day and, since then, over 12 million people have been killed in road crashes around the world. In the UK last year, 1,775 people lost their lives in road collisions and 315 drivers were convicted of death by dangerous driving.

Prime Minister David Cameron has given his support to the day, saying: “We can be proud that Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world, but each and every death is a tragedy, so we are determined to do more to make our roads even safer.

"I hope that service providers, local authorities, the police, road safety professionals, the voluntary sector and, of course, road users themselves will work with us to ensure we rise to that challenge to make our record stronger still."

Say No to Road Crime All Year Round

Days such as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims are fantastic for raising awareness but, if we are going to tackle global road carnage then road safety needs to be a priority throughout the year.

All road users can help say no to road crime all year round by making a pledge to do simple things that will help make roads safer for everyone. This includes staying within speed limits, never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and never using mobile phones when driving.

The pledge also includes a promise to keep driving to a minimum and use alternative methods of transport wherever possible. In fact, this is the theme of the upcoming Road Safety Week, which takes place from 23–29 November. Slater and Gordon will be releasing blogs throughout Road Safety Week, exploring how road users can Drive Less, Live More.

Jane Cooper is a principal lawyer specialising in road traffic accident claims at Slater and Gordon in Sheffield.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in road traffic accidents through no fault of their own. Call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.