World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
People around the world will pause tomorrow Sunday 19 November in commemoration of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey said the day is dedicated to remembering the people killed and injured on the world’s roads along with their families, friends and the countless others who are also affected.
“Road deaths and injuries are unexpected and traumatic events and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims allows the community to reflect on those who have been lost, as well as show support to the injured and the families and friends of victims,” Mrs Pavey said.
“I encourage everyone to pause for a moment at midday on Sunday to remember the 1.3 million people killed worldwide each year as well as the more than 1200 people who are killed in Australia each year.
“The fatality rate in NSW has moved closer to the best performing countries in the world, including the UK, Netherlands and Sweden, but we still have a lot more work to do.
“Sadly, this year we’ve had more than 300 people die on NSW roads. Those deaths echo through the community, with family and friends impacted as well as many others, including emergency services workers and members of the community who are first on scene after a crash.
“It’s important that everyone works together to drive the road toll Toward Zero. Always stick to the speed limit, have a Plan B if you’re drinking, wear your seatbelt and never push on if you’re feeling fatigued – it’s not worth risking your life over.”
Peter Frazer, President of Safer Australia Roads and Highways (SARAH) said SARAH is working to promote the importance of the World Day of Remembrance.
“I formed SARAH after my own daughter Sarah was killed in a road crash in 2012,” Mr Frazer said.
“I know personally the impact that road trauma can have on a family and I strongly feel this day is one where the entire nation can come together to help one another and comfort those in need by pausing for a moment at midday.
“So spare a thought for those who have been killed and pledge to ‘drive so others survive’, then show you stand in solidarity with their loved ones by flying a yellow ribbon on your vehicle.
“Drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead, everyone has a right to get home safely.”
For further information about the World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims visit https://worlddayofremembrance.org