Almost 4,000 people are killed, and many more hundreds of thousands are injured worldwide on a daily basis as a consequence of driving without due care or attention.
Just one day of the year (the 3rd Sunday during the month of November), is dedicated to those victims and family members who have had first-hand experience of being involved in a road traffic accident. Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent and traumatic events, and the impact is long lasting.
Since the first celebration of World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims in 1993 by Road Peace, the observance has spread to a growing number of countries on every continent.
So, LOOK UP (from your mobile phone), BUCKLE UP (your seatbelt and your child/children in their car seat), BACK UP (from the vehicle in front of you), and DO NOT SPEED UP (to get to your destination quicker!).
It is common sense, however, accidents are still occurring through carelessness or illegal practices taking place behind the wheel. Such practices include:
- Impaired driving through consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol
- Not using seatbelts
- Using a mobile phone or texting
- Not wearing a motorcycle helmet
- Not using a car seat for your child/children
- Deficient road infrastructure (not a consequence of a driver’s undue care and attention)
The theme for this year’s observance is:
2020 TARGET – REDUCE ROAD FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES BY 50%
So, next time you are about to get behind the wheel make sure:
- You have given yourself enough time to reach your destination safely and legally
- You have fastened your seatbelt and strapped your child/children safely into their car seats
- You are not over the drink drive limit (breathalysers are available for purchase online or from automotive shops – but make sure they are from reputable suppliers)
- You are wearing your motorcycle helmet
- You are up to date with all your mobile phone usage, so you will not have to use it during the journey
For more information visit: https://worlddayofremembrance.org/