World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is celebrated on the third Sunday of November around the world. This solemn day serves to remind us that car accidents are often caused by drivers’ mistakes and negligence, not vehicle malfunction. On this day we remember those who have tragically lost their lives in car accidents, leaving behind them a life of potential.
The holiday was founded by the British charity Road Peace and subsequently recognized by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The sobering statistics of this memorial day are: 4000 people die in road traffic accidents each day, and hundreds more are seriously injured and disabled. The aim of this day is to raise public awareness of the consequences of traffic accidents, to show support for families who have lost loved ones, and to commemorate those who have died.
Over the past decades, more than 30 countries have adopted this day, although many celebrate it on different days. Each year, different organizations focus on different topics to raise awareness about. Families of victims have done a great deal to call for greater attentiveness and compliance with the rules.
- Most deaths occur on Saturdays.
- In 20% of accidents, the driver falls asleep at the wheel, so it is important to make sure you get enough rest before driving.
- Talking on the phone while driving can be distracting, while texting while driving can be even more so, so it is best to leave your phone alone while driving.
- Seatbelts reduce the risk of serious injury by 61%.
- Alcohol and drugs are the most common causes of car accidents.
How to take part
There are many ways to participate in this day of remembrance. You can make a donation to an organization that supports victims of car accidents, participate in events in your city, and tell your friends about the day. Remember to follow the rules of driving and promote them to other drivers. Finally, thank the emergency services and lifeguards who are often the first on the scene.
When is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims celebrated in 2023?
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday in November each year.