'World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims only takes place once a year but anyone who has lost a loved one on the roads will know that you live with your memories and grief every day of the year.' ~Donna Price
Last Sunday was World Remembrance Day for road traffic victims. It was a day set aside to remember those whose lives have been tragically lost on our roads and whose families have been devastated. Since records began in Ireland back in 1959: 23,592 people have died on our roads which is roughly the population of Tralee. Behind every tragedy lies a traumatised family and a shattered community. While it is impossible to put an exact figure on the number of families, relatives, friends and work colleagues who have been affected, it is estimated that for every death about 100 people are impacted. Last Sunday gave everyone an opportunity to remember those who have been killed or injured on our roads, as well as the people left behind. We can all play our part in road safety and the simplest thing we can do is to slow down. Speed causes 40% of all fatal crashes each year. At 60mph (100kmp) we travel 88 feet in just one second. The faster we go the greater the distance we will need to stop. Yesterday people paused to remember and pray for all road traffic victims across the world and in particular our own local area. We pray for all those who drive and use our roads each day. May we all travel safely.