Drivers urged to stop and think on 19 November
14 Nov 2017
Australians are uniting to support the World Day of Remembrance for victims of road trauma, which will be commemorated globally on Sunday the 19th of November.
Events will recognise the grief and trauma experienced by families and emergency services across the world. Almost 13 hundred people died on Australian roads last year.
In Western Australia, the Minister for Road Safety, Michelle Roberts and Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron will attend a special ceremony in Fremantle hosted by Road Trauma Support WA.
Road Safety advocate, Peter Frazer, who lost his daughter Sarah in a tragic crash in 2012, said that he hoped people would pause and think about their driving behaviour during the Day of Remembrance.
“The message is not only to reduce speed, but to drive so you’re responsible for everybody else’s family on the road,” he said.
“We want people to stop and take a moment to think about losing a family member, or needing to look after somebody who has been seriously injured in a crash.”
Mr Frazer said that five and a half years on, his daughter’s death still felt like yesterday. After her car broke down on Hume Highway in New South Wales, a truck sideswiped the vehicle, killing Sarah and the tow truck driver who was assisting.
“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “Every time I drive on Hume Highway and there’s been a traffic incident I think about the families who will be grieving for the rest of their lives.”
The World Day of Remembrance for victims of road trauma has been commemorated globally since 1995 and was adopted by the United Nations in 2005 as “the appropriate acknowledgement for the victims of road traffic crashes and their families.”
The Theme for 2017 is “From global remembrance to global action across the decade.” The 2020 target is to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 50%.