World Day of Remembrance exists to pay tribute to road traffic victims and their families, as well as to recognize the work of professionals who act after a road crash.
The type of road mobility that is in place throughout the world still fosters an unbearable number of deaths, serious injuries and illnesses every year, both as the immediate consequence of road traffic crashes and through air pollution.
Here are some scary statistics published by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration:
– Each year nearly 1.3 million people die as a result of a road traffic collision— more than 3000 deaths each day
— More than half of these deaths are of people who are not even travelling in a car.
– 20 to 50 million people sustain non-fatal injuries from a collision, and these injuries are an important cause of disability worldwide.
– 99% of road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half the world’s registered vehicle fleet.
– Road traffic injuries are among the three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years of age.
To read the “Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020, follow this link:
World Day of Remembrance