Sunday 19 November 2017 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world.
This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.
This year, the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and a group of volunteers have put together a song that captures the tragedy that happens - one by one - too often on the world’s roads.
One by One - iRAP
Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events, the impact of which is long-lasting, often permanent.
This special Remembrance Day is intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering.
This day has also become an important tool for governments and all those whose work involves crash prevention or response to the aftermath, since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries and the urgent need for concerted action to stop the carnage.
3,500 people are killed on our roads every day and 100,000 people are injured in road crashes every day.
More than 50% of the world's roads are only 1 or 2-star standard. When a 1 or 2-star road is improved to a 3-star or better standard, the number of people killed or injured can be more than halved. See how roads can be 3-star or better and join the 3-star Coalition.
How can you help?
iRAP has suggested three ways you can help make a difference:
- Change your attitude to road safety
- Join the call for 3-star or better roads for all road users.
- Donate your time, experience and resources to road safety action
For more information, head to their website: irap.org/one-by-one