Brake, the road safety charity is urging everyone to remember families affected by road crashes and pledge to drive safely as part of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims this Sunday 18 November.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the millions of people killed and injured on the world's roads and their families and friends. It is also a day to thank the emergency services for their role in saving lives; to reflect on the impact of road deaths on families and communities; and to draw attention to the need for improved legislation, awareness, infrastructure, technology; and post-crash response to save more families from the tragedy of losing a loved one.
An event will be held in Orewa, Auckland to commemorate the worldwide day. Families who have been bereaved and injured in crashes, emergency services personnel, support organisations and anyone else who wants to pay tribute to those affected by crashes are invited to attend.
This is the fifth time the event has taken place in Orewa and is being held thanks to funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and support from Victim Support. The event includes a memorial ceremony, an opportunity for families to create tributes to loved ones, and the switching on of the Norfolk Pine tree lights to remember those killed and injured on our roads.
World Day of Remembrance memorial event
Sunday 18 November, 7.30pm
Orewa Reserve (opposite the Surf Club), Orewa, Auckland
Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director says: "As a charity that works with bereaved families, we hear about the devastating impact that road crashes have on the loved ones left behind. Families, friends and communities all suffer the consequences and their loved ones are never forgotten."
Brake is also urging everyone to think about the difference they personally can make to road safety.
Ms Perry says: "We can all make a difference to road safety, and we all need to if we're to reduce the number of deaths and life-changing injuries suffered on our roads. This World Day of Remembrance think about the loved ones lost to you, to your family, friends or community. Think about the difference you personally can make to keep yourself and others safe on the road. Whether it's to slow down, keep your attention focused on the road, drive sober, or to encourage someone else to do the same, you can make a difference, and you could save a life."
The World Day of Remembrance was founded by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2005. The theme of this year's day is 'Roads have stories'. 1.25 million people die as a result of road crashes every year and tens of millions are seriously injured around the world.
You can also donate to Brake in memory of a loved one, and help the charity continue working to prevent road deaths and injuries and provide free support to people bereaved in road crashes. Go to www.brake.org.nz/donate.
You can find out more about the World Day of Remembrance at worlddayofremembrance.org.
Statistics from the World Health Organization: www.who.int.