World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is celebrated on the third Sunday of November in the world. Sad holiday tells the population that accidents in most cases occur due to the fault of the driver, and not because of a malfunction of the vehicle. Today we remember those who died in car accidents, who had a whole life ahead of them.
The holiday was founded by the British charity Road Peace. The UN and WHO recognized the day and chose a date for it. Sad statistics – 4000 people die on the roads every day, hundreds are seriously injured and remain disabled. The idea of the event is to tell the population about the terrible consequences, to support families who have lost loved ones, and to commemorate the dead.
Over the past decades, more than 30 countries have supported the idea – many of them celebrate the day at a different time, but the goals do not change. Each year, organizations set a hot topic that receives more attention. Families in distress are doing a great job – they tirelessly shout for attentiveness and compliance with the rules.
It is noteworthy that:
- most deaths occur on Saturdays;
- in 20% of accidents, the driver falls asleep at the wheel, so it is very important to have a good rest;
- calls while driving distract attention, but text messages move it completely, so it’s better to forget about the phone while driving;
- seat belt reduces the risk of serious injuries by 61%;
- Alcohol and drugs are the most common causes of car accidents.
How to celebrate
Make a donation to an organization that supports victims of car accidents. Participate in various events in your city, tell your friends about the holiday. Follow the rules of driving and promote it to other drivers. Say thanks to the 24/7 emergency services, lifeguards and other services that are the first to arrive on the scene.
When is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims celebrated in 2022?
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday in November each year.