Road traffic victims to be remembered


November 13, 2015
File Executive director of the National Road Safety Counci (NRSC), Paula Fletcher.

On November 15, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) will join with hundreds of road-safety advocates across the globe in recognising World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which was initiated by road-crash victims in 1993 and adopted by the United Nations on October 26, 2005, is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year. The day is dedicated to remembering millions of individuals killed and injured in road crashes, their family members and relatives, who emotionally suffer, and members of their communities.

Here in Jamaica, there will be two events to mark the occasion - a vigil on November 13 at Emancipation Park in New Kingston and a church service at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in St Andrew on November 15 that will both be spearheaded by the NRSC.

Paula Fletcher, executive director at NRSC, is encouraging families, relatives and friends of individuals who died as a result of road crashes to join her council in remembering these individuals.

"Everyone in Jamaica has been affected by road crashes, whether directly or indirectly. We either were close to someone who died in a road crash or know someone who has been emotionally hurt due to the loss of a family member, relative or friend due to a road crash," Fletcher said in an interview recently.

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