Victims of road crashes are to be remembered at a special event in Liverpool on Saturday 31 August – the 16th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
It will take place at 2pm at the Rankin Steps of the Anglican Cathedral.
Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony which is organised by Roadpeace NorthWest – the charity which supports bereaved and injured victims of road crashes- with the support of Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp and other local dignitaries will be attending together with representatives of the emergency services.
During the ceremony five doves will be released, representing the five people killed daily on the country’s roads
Pauline Fielding, of Roadpeace, said, “We hope those bereaved through road crashes will join us and, if they wish, bring a photo of the loved one they are remembering. The photos will be placed with flowers on the steps of the cathedral during the ceremony. Following the remembrance there will be an opportunity for us to talk to each other, which can be so beneficial.”
Inspector Mike McFall said “Merseyside Police support families of those people who are killed and all those who suffer serious and life threatening injuries on the roads of Merseyside. It is important on occasions such as this to remember all our victims, many of whom have died or been seriously injured in collisions which are avoidable and are often the result of careless or inconsiderate acts.”
Councillor Kemp said “This event presents an opportunity for us to remember those killed and injured on our roads, and to reflect on what we can do to ensure that there are no more families bereaved by such tragic incidents.”
RoadPeace is campaigning to show road victims they count. Amy Aeron Thomas said, “We are calling on the Home Office and the Police to show they remember those injured and bereaved by road crime, and treat them as the victims of crime
“At present, the Home Office definition of crime does not include those injured by the most common motoring crimes including speeding, drink/drug driving, careless driving, or hit and run. Nor does it include those bereaved by a hit and run crash. In 2012, 75 families were reported bereaved by a hit and run crash.”
RoadPeace will contact all Police and Crime Commissioners and ask them to count the victims of road crime and ensure that proper support and information is provided to crash victims.