Brake marks World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Brake marks World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Brake, the road safety charity, is urging everyone to remember road crash victims as part of this Sunday’s (15 November) World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director says: "Through our support services we regularly hear about the devastating impact that road crashes have on the loved ones left behind. Families, friends, schools, workplaces and communities all suffer the consequences and they're loved ones are never forgotten."

Brake will be recognising the day by highlighting on social media the lost futures of victims, and the long-term impact that crashes have on families. The charity is also inviting families and friends to remember loved ones killed in crashes by creating an online tribute. Anyone can create a tribute using a simple form, which Brake will turn into an online tribute on its website.

Organisations, communities and individuals around the world will be marking the day with events, memorials and campaigns. The official theme for this year's World Day is 'It's time to remember - say NO to road crime!' focusing on road user behaviour, and on sustained or increased enforcement of road laws.

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."

To make the Pledge for road safety, go to www.brake.org.nz/pledge.

Brake provides free support resources to families bereaved in road crashes. Its Coping with Grief guide for adults is available online. That guide, along with Brake's children's book, Someone has died in a road crash, is also available in hard copy format to order for free through Brake, just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +64 (0)21 407 953.

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.

World Day of Remembrance: worlddayofremembrance.org
Brake's Living Memories campaign: www.livingmemories.org.nz
Brake on Facebook: www.facebook.com/brakenewzealand
Brake on Twitter: www.twitter.com/brakenewzealand

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