Service to be held in
Liverpool to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, 15
PEOPLE killed or injured in road
crashes are to be remembered at special events in Liverpool to mark:- 'World Day of
Remembrance (WDR)' for Road Traffic Victims.
They are among a number of services on Sunday, 15 November 2015, taking place across
the UK, coordinated by RoadPeace, as part of a global movement to remember lives
lost and broken on our roads.
The Liverpool events have been organised by the RoadPeace North West Group. They
start at 1pm, in St John's Gardens, at the memorial for road crash victims. During
the event there will be a silence to remember loved ones who have died or been
injured through road crashes and 5 doves will be released in memory of the 5 people who, on average, die in road crashes each day in this
Following this there will be light refreshments and the opportunity to talk to
each other in St George's Hall. This will be followed at 3pm, by a remembrance
service in the Concert Room of St George's Hall, during which names of loved ones
killed in road crashes will be read aloud.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, and the High Sheriff of
Merseyside, Mr. Robert Owen, will attend the events.
The theme for this year's WDR is:- 'Say No to Road Crime'. 1.25 million
people are killed every year on the world's roads. In the 10 years since the UN
adopted this day, over 12 million have been killed in crashes. Many of these
deaths are caused by law breaking drivers, with speeding and drink driving
identified by the World Health Organisation as key problems. In Britain, 1775
were reported killed in crashes in 2014. That same year, 315 drivers were
convicted in Britain for causing a death.
Pauline Fielding ,RoadPeace North West coordinator, said:- "I invite the
families and friends of those who have died or been injured in road crashes,
together with those who support us, to join us on World Day of Remembrance for
Road Traffic Victims. On this special day we bring families and friends together
to support each other and we give thanks for the emergency services.
It is important to remember loved ones who have died, but it is also important to
raise awareness of the needless loss of life, and of lives changed forever by
injuries, in road crashes. All road users, whether they be pedestrians, drivers
or cyclists, need to use the roads sensibly. This is especially important at a
time when funding for Police and Councils has been reduced which has led to
fewer Traffic Police and Road Safety Officers."
Brigitte Chaudhry MBE, RoadPeace Founder and WDR coordinator, whose son Mansoor
was tragically killed on the road in 1990, added:- "My real hope is that
the awareness; of the terrible toll of road death and injury and the suffering
of road victims; raised by the World Day will contribute to a serious reduction
in road danger and future deaths and injuries, so that we will not need to
remember many, if any, new road victims on our World Day of Remembrance in
The World Day of Remembrance has wide support from the emergency services,
politicians and NGOs in the UK. Prime Minister David Cameron has given the
following message of support for the Day:- "Road deaths and injuries are
utterly devastating for all those affected, imposing a terrible human cost on
the casualties of collisions and their families; my heart goes out to you all.
The World Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to remember all those whose lives
have been tragically affected by road collisions, to recognise the excellent
work of our emergency services, and to reflect on how we can make our roads
safer for all who use them."