World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, pursuant to General Assembly resolution, has increasingly been observed by a growing number of countries on every continent since 1993. The United Nations endorsed it as a global day to be observed on the 19th of November each year, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention.
The day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services. The theme for this year is 2020 Target: reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 50% have reaffirmed the importance of drawing urgent measures to reduce road crash victims.
Effective interventions include designing safer infrastructure and incorporating road safety features into land-use and transport planning, improving the safety features of vehicles, improving post-crash care for victims of road crashes, setting and enforcing laws relating to key risks, and raising public awareness.
We at World Assembly Youth (WAY), believe that road traffic injuries can be prevented. Governments need to take action to address road safety in a holistic manner, this requires involvement from multiple sectors such as transport, police, health, education, and actions that address the safety of roads, vehicles, and road users.
SDG 11.2 calls to “provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons” by 2030.
Let us therefore make 2011-2020 a Decade to remember!