World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims
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Archived on 16/12/2017
World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:
The third Sunday in November each year is ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.’
Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic collisions, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer.
South Dublin County Council’s Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh, is asking all road users in our community to use this ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims’, as a day to reflect on those who have lost their lives on our roads, think about their loved ones left behind, the injured and rehabilitated, how their lives have become affected and in many cases, destroyed as a result of a collision on the road.
Every year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured on Ireland’s roads, and around the world, hundreds are killed each day. Every road death, however caused, leaves a family bereaved forever. Many others remain deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague, neighbour or member of the community. The effect on the emergency services, who are faced with horrific scenes every day of their working lives is also profound. Road traffic injuries leave behind shattered families and communities.
To raise awareness of the day, a special event for family members of those who were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions was held by the RSA at Smock Alley Theatre on Thursday 16 November 2017. The Dublin Gospel Choir performed at the event. Other events are being held around the country on Sunday to mark this important Remembrance Day.
In Dublin, a Special Memorial Mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St. Michans Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7 at 11.00 am Sunday 19th November. A candle lighting service will take place to remember all those who have tragically lost their lives on our roads. On the day, family members will also be invited to bring along a photo of their loved one and to place the name of their loved one the Jesse Tree of Remembrance. All are welcome to attend.
Special Prayers of the Faithful will also be read out during masses in South Dublin on Sunday.
Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority said, "This is the 11th year that we have commemorated World Day of Remembrance in Ireland. It is a day of reflection for all of those impacted by road traffic collisions. It gives us an opportunity to remember those who have died on our roads, lives cut short too soon. It is also an opportunity to remember those who have been seriously injured on our roads, who are left dealing with often very traumatic physical difficulties, whose lives have been permanently altered. And behind every life lost or serious injury, there are families, friends and communities who have been left devastated. We hear often about the numbers killed or hurt on our roads, but these people are more than statistics, they are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, they are friends, colleagues and part of our communities. And we cannot forget that.” Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy, National Roads Policing Unit, An Garda Síochána, said, "World Day of Remembrance is a time when each one of us can look at our own behaviour on the roads and how that impacts on the safety of other road users. While we are remembering those lost, we can make a positive commitment to ensuring that other families don’t suffer the same grief by thinking each and every day about road safety. Wearing a seat-belt, putting mobile phones away while driving, ensuring we can be seen when out walking or cycling, are all things we should be doing each and every day.”
South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.
South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.
Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has 9 main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.
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