It is 25 years ago that a day dedicated to remembering road traffic victims began to be observed internationally.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, taking place this year on 15 November 2020.
The global event is held to remember the many millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities – millions added each year to countless millions already suffering.
Initially, WDR was observed by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and its many member organizations, including RoadPeace (UK), who introduced the day in 1995. With support from WHO and UNRSC members, UN Member States adopted UN General Assembly Resolution 60/5 on 26 October 2005, calling for an annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims as an “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families”.
The day has become an important tool for governments and all those whose work involves crash prevention or response to the aftermath of crashes, since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries.