World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) - 20 November 2022.

Every third Sunday in November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) seeks to remember the millions of lives lost or injured due to road crashes. The day is also held to pay tribute to emergency responders and medical professionals. These people deal with the trauma of road death and injury on a daily basis.

Road crashes cause up to 50 million people a day to become injured or disabled. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for those between 15 and 29. Besides affecting people’s lives, road crashes are also very costly. Low and middle-income countries pay $65 billion a year to cover the costs associated with road crashes.

Some of the leading causes of road crashes that result in death or injury include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Night driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Animal crossings

In many of the above cases, road crashes are completely preventable. It’s not difficult to reduce the number of road crashes. All it takes is for individuals to drive more responsibly and the government to enforce traffic laws. Car manufacturers can do their part as well by improving safety features on the vehicles they make.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was initiated by the UK’s RoadPeace Founder in 1993. It was first promoted as the European Day for Remembrance. When NGOs from South Africa, Argentina, and Israel wanted to participate, it was changed to World Day. Thanks to support from the World Health Organization, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was adopted by the UN in 2005.

Source: https://worlddayofremembrance.org


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