World Day of Remembrance

Background

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated worldwide on the third Sunday of November each year<span”> to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. The Remembrance Day responds to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering and the urgent need for action. It has also become an important platform for governments and those who work to prevent crashes and respond to the aftermath, to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries and what can be done to address this global challenge.

The World Day has a long history:

  • In 1995, road victim organisations under the umbrella of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) observed this Day.
  • Since 2000, the Pope and other religious leaders remembered road victims worldwide on the 3rd Sunday of November.
  • On 26th October 2005 – the Day was adopted by the UN General Assembly as “the appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families.

Source: https://worlddayofremembrance.org

SWRW Participation

In Kenya, the WDR commemorations are coordinated by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). NTSA appoints a planning committee that decides on the theme and activities. SWRW has participated in WDR planning since 2012.

SWRW participation;

  • Road safety caravan to sensitise road users, in black spot locations, on their role in improving safety
  • Edutainment by public school based on the theme
  • Donation of medical equipment and gazebo to the Spinal Injury Referral Hospital
  • Black spot sensitisation
  • Donation of speed guns