World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

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AKA NameWorld Day of Remembrance, Lá Cuimhneacháin Domhanda d'Íospartaigh Thrácht ar Bhóithre
Hashtags#RoadSafety
2023 Date19 November 2023
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (IRL) History

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims seeks to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents. This day also recognizes the dedication of emergency crews, police, and medical professionals. It aims to acknowledge and thank them for their hard work.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was started in 1993 by charity organization RoadPeace. It was established globally in 2005 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on the third Sunday of November.

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (IRL) Facts

  • The objectives of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in 2021 are:
    1) Remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads
    2) Acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services
    3) Draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries
    4) Advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families
    5) Promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries
  • According to the U.N, road traffic deaths increased to over 1.3 million road traffic deaths in 2021. This has resulted in road traffic injuries becoming the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years old.
  • Most road traffic injuries in developing countries involve only one vehicle. According to the U.N, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists make up 54% of road traffic deaths in developing countries.
  • The theme for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in 2021 was ACT for LOW SPEEDS / ACT for LOW SPEED STREETS.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (IRL) Top Events and Things to Do

  • Explore Getting Started for ideas on how to plan a commemorative event for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
  • Hold rememberance services or flower laying ceremonies in memory of road traffic victims.
  • Read through the WHO's informative World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Guide.

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