The World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims on 18 November will be marked in Liverpool with special services.
There will be a remembrance event at the Memorial to Road Crash Victims in St John’s Gardens, William Brown Street, at 1pm.
There will be a minute’s silence and the release of five doves in memory of those who have died on our roads. On average, five people die and many more are seriously injured each day on the roads of this country.
The event will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and other North-West dignitaries as well as representatives of the emergency services and others who deal with road crashes and support road crash victims.
The service will be followed by refreshments and the opportunity to talk to others in St George’s Hall
And at 3pm there will be a Service of Remembrance in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall.
Councillor Sullivan said: “This event is always a very poignant occasion. It is an opportunity to reflect on lives lost and damaged on our roads and the effect this has on families and friends. It should increase our determination to see that there is no further needless loss of life on our roads. I would urge support for the 20 effect, our campaign to introduce a 20mph speed limit on most of our residential roads to make them safer for everyone.”
Pauline Fielding of RoadPeace NorthWest said: ” I hope all those affected by the death or injury of a loved one will join us at these events. We will acknowledge the pain and suffering of the bereaved and injured and remember the lives of our loved ones who have died in road crashes. We will give thanks for the emergency services and all who care for the bereaved and injured together with those who work to prevent further loss of life or injury.”
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims originated in 1993 by RoadPeace as a response to road crash victims’ need for public recognition. It is also a day to commend the work of those involved in the aftermath of a crash – including fire, police and ambulance teams, doctors, nurses and counsellors.
It was adopted by the United Nations in 2005 who called for all Member States to recognise the day.