Remembering our Road Traffic Victims: World Day of Remembrance

Remembering our Road Traffic Victims: World Day of Remembrance

The World Day of Remembrance (WDoR) for Road Traffic Victims is set annually on the third Sunday of November, commemorating the lives of those lost to road tragedies. YOURS will join an event for the general public on Sunday 18 November at the Point Shopping Mall, Tigne Sliema in Malta from 3PM onwards. Monday the 19th YOURS will be running a special panel session entitled, "Youth have their say" as part of The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018 conference in Malta. 

 

The Ministry for Health (Malta) - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, Malta Road Safety Council, NGO Doctors for Road Safety (DRS) and the Malta Medical Students Association (MMSA) will be hosting an event for the general public on Sunday, 18th of November at The Point Shopping Mall, Tigne Sliema from 3pm onwards.  This event is being held in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNECE, FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims), Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) and the Tara Malou Licari Road Safety Fund. 

The public is invited to visit the interactive stands where members of these organizations will share useful information including the implications of the new driving regulations, the effects of alcohol and the use of breathalyzers.  Live music will pay tribute to the road victims who are central to this event.

The event will close with a short remembrance walk in honour of road victims starting at 4.30 pm at Piazza Tigne, Sliema along The Strand promenade. The general public, and particularly survivors of road crashes, individuals, families and friends who have suffered such loss to the roads, are invited to participate in these activities and to bring photos of their loved ones should they so wish.



Road fatalities are immensely tragic as in most cases these could definitely be prevented. It is vital to remember all those killed and impacted by road traffic crashes and take a stand against further tragedies in their name. The lost have no voice of their own so those who are left behind must speak for them to get the attention these preventable tragedies require.

The public event on Sunday will coincide with the International Road Safety Conference in honour of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018, ‘Roads with Stories’, being held in Malta on Monday 19th November 2018.

The Malta conference is being hosted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for Health, World Health Organization, and national as well as international collaborating partners and donors. UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Mr Jean Todt will also be in Malta to address this conference.  

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The event will also include youth participation. Youth will be coming together to raise awareness about road safety and what actions can be taken to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads, together and in remembrance of those killed and catastrophically injured. YOURS will be leading the youth panel discussion to draw attention to the incredible work that young people can undertake globally.

Chair/moderator:

Panelists:

  • Alex Esposito, Malta Medical Students Association (MMSA)
  • Rebecca Ashton, Campaigns & Media Manager. FIA Foundation
  • Priscilla Le Lièvre, Project Officer, European Transport Safety Council
  • Jacob Smith, Global Road Safety Activist
  • Michael Piccinino, President, Maltese National Youth Council (KNŻ)

The session focuses on how young people around the world have already taken action for road safety to ensure their peers can be safer on the road, both as safe road users and beneficiaries of a safe system.

More details about the event will be highlighted on our Twitter account where you can expect live tweets from the event.