On 20 November 2016 people the world over will remember loved ones, friends, family members and colleagues who have lost their lives or been injured in road crashes.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November every year, in memory of the many millions of people killed and injured on the world’s roads.
WDR also serves as a day to recognise the work of the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of road traffic collisions to families, communities and countries. It is also an opportunity to consider ways to reduce the number of collisions.
Road casualties are sudden and traumatic events for families to cope with. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent.
This World Day of Remembrance is therefore a time to support road crash victims and their families and provide an opportunity for road safety organizations across the world to emphasize the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries on a global scale.
WDR is commemorated across all continents – not only by NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims, but also by governments and all related and relevant stakeholders.
The World Day of Remembrance website has information on events taking place to mark WDR, global road safety initiatives, posters to promote the day and other ways of getting involved.