World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Statement of the Chair of the UN Road Safety Collaboration

Dr Etienne Krug

16 November 2014

On this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we mourn those killed and injured on our roads. For many their lives have ended, but the pain and suffering of their loved ones endure. My sympathy goes out to all those whose lives have been transformed by such tragedies.

Today half of countries are making progress on reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, while the number of deaths in other countries continues its quiet rise.

There is still much work to do.

The theme of this year’s World Day of Remembrance, “Speed Kills”, highlights the inherent risk of speed, a major cause of road traffic death and injury.

It is well documented that a 5% cut in average speed can result in a 30% reduction in the number of fatal crashes.

The good practice of setting urban speed limits of 50 kilometres per hour, which can be further reduced by local authorities around schools and residential areas, could save lives.

In the context of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, greater action is needed to address speed and other risks such as drinking and driving and failing to use seat-belts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets.

This annual World Day of Remembrance offers a place for the voices of road traffic victims and their families to be heard. They guide us – and all those tasked with ensuring safer roads - in all that we do.

My colleagues and I wish you a successful World Day of Remembrance.

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