Vision Zero focus to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Released 18/11/2018

People around the world will pause this Sunday to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (18 November), remembering lives lost from crashes and committing to making roads safer for all.

In the past ten years, 7,472 people were killed or injured on ACT roads.

“This day of remembrance allows Canberrans to reflect on those who have been lost, as well as show support to the injured and the families and friends of victims,” Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said today.

“Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent and traumatic events with long-lasting, often permanent impacts.

“This Sunday I encourage all Canberrans to pause for a moment at midday to remember the 1.3 million people that are killed each year around the world, as well as those in the ACT, as victims of road traffic crashes.

“These incidents not only affect the victims, but also family and friends of those involved as well as emergency service workers and members of the community who are first on scene after an incident.

“All road users must work together to make our roads a safer place. Always obey the speed limit, don’t drive if you’re drinking, wear your seatbelt, don’t be distracted by your phone and never push on if you’re feeling fatigued – it’s not worth risking your own or someone else’s life.”

Ensuring the safety of all road users is a key priority for the ACT Government. The government is committed to achieving Vision Zero, and realising the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on ACT roads.

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