Road crash victims remembered

Road crash victims are to be remembered in a special ceremony next week.

RoadPeace NW are inviting those who have been bereaved or injured through road crashes, together with those who support them, to the remembrance event in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James’ Mount, L1 7AZ, on Monday, 31st August, starting at 2pm. 

The day marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a road crash. It also marks the anniversary of the world’s first motor vehicle death, that of Mary Ward in Ireland in 1869. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed at Crystal Palace on August 17th 1896, with the Coroner pronouncing “This must never happen again”. Since then, over half a million people have been killed in crashes in Britain and the current annual global death toll is estimated at over 1.3 million deaths. Such scale of loss has been described by Professor Danny Dorling, a patron of RoadPeace, as this century’s biggest public health crisis with our roads the “open sewers of the 21st century”.

There will be a minute’s silence during the ceremony after which five doves will be released in memory of loved ones, as each day, on average, five people are killed on Britain’s roads. The doves will be released from the Children’s porch.

Pauline Fielding of RoadPeace said, “We encourage anyone who has been bereaved or injured through a road crash to join us for this remembrance and the chance to support and talk to each other after the ceremony. We are thankful to those who support us and to those who are working hard to reduce the number of people killed on the roads of Merseyside.”

The event will be attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden,  and other dignitaries as well as representatives of the emergency services and organisations which deal with and support road crash victims. The RoadPeace helpline number is 0845 450 0355 and further information is available from www.roadpeace.org .