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The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held annually on third Sunday of November every year around the world to remember those who died or injured from road traffic crashes and the predicament of their loved ones who must cope to the results of their deaths or wounds. It was first started by the British road crash victim charity, RoadPeace, in 1993 and then in 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted it.

History of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The first World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was arranged by Brigitte Chaudhry, the Founder of RoadPeace, in 1993. In 1995, the General Assembly of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) also supported this day. After some years in 1998, this event was held in some countries like Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Trinidad, and Israel. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly invited all nations to celebrate this day on third Sunday of November every year to the predicament of their loved ones who must cope to the results of their deaths or injuries. Now, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held in many countries.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, road accidents are the major cause of deaths in people around the world aged between 5 to 35 years in the United States. It mostly includes children and young people the aged between 10 to 24 years, and in every six seconds many roads accident, and someone is killed or injured in it.

What do People do?

On World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, flower-laying ceremonies and remembrance activities are held to remember the dead road victims around the world. The government, Police officers, supporting families of road victims, families and friends of those who died or injured from road crashes is promoting the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims through various activities. In these include media Campaigns, Coverage, and talk shows programs, celebrity Involvement, information given out via the internet on websites which are dedicated to this day, posters and pamphlets, seminars, displays of photographs of road accidents and injuries, DVD presentations of road traffic accidents, advocacy messages from world leaders and processions.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

These activities occurred in many countries through worldwide. The European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and RoadPeace worked together in developing a book, whose title is “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.” It provides proper guidance to people or communities who organize events of this day.

Is it a Public Holiday?

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims of United Nations is a global observance, and it is not a Public Holiday. Public life is only affected that time when marches or processions occurred.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important tool to reduce road accidents in global efforts. It offers an opportunity to pay attention to the scale of economic destruction caused by road accidents and to recognize the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.

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