On the 3rd Sunday of November every year world over people remember those persons who have died in road accidents or other victims of road traffic crashes and their families. This event was founded in 1993 by RoadPeace a British charity group which works for road crash victims in the UK. This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR). In the year 2005 this event was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with The World Health Organization (WHO) pledging its support two years earlier.
Now every road has its own story. Some of these stories are tragic that are worth remembering. Roads are also final resting places for so many lives cut short. Roads & streets are more than just physical connections from point A to point B. Considering these points the slogan for this year’s WDoR is “Roads have Stories”. It is linked to the 2nd pillar of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: Safer Roads & Mobility. Through WDoR the main aim is to raise the safety and quality of road networks for the benefit of all road users, especially the most vulnerable through infrastructure assessments and improved planning, design, construction and operation of roads.
In India this event holds more relevance than other countries because in absolute numbers the number of road crash deaths is second highest. Sample this – Last year in 2017 across India a total of 4,64,910 road accidents took place taking 1,47,913 lives and causing injuries to 4,70,975 persons. When we translate these figures, on an average 405 deaths took place every day or 17 deaths every hour. Though the number of road accidents have been declining from the peak of 5,01,423 in 2015 to 4,80,652 in 2016 and further to 4,64,910 in 2017 this is just a small drop in the ocean.
Consumer Voice and Citizen Awareness Group (Chandigarh) in collaboration with Chandigarh Traffic Police observed World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims 2018 in Sector 23. The peace walk was organized to demand safer roads for all in which many city residents participated. More than 150 citizens and NSS students of DAV College Sector 10 took part in the event. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of those who lost their lives in road accidents. It was followed by a candle march. This annual global event represents a significant opportunity to call attention to the pathetic road safety situation in the country. Many victims also joined the event and shared their experiences. Some people started crying while narrating their harrowing stories. Inspector Sita Devi sensitized the students about road safety during the event. Traffic Inspector Mr. Dharmendra Chhabra addressed the audience and shared his experience.
In the end Mr. Surinder Verma, chairman of the group said, “The road safety bill promised by the government is yet to see the light of day. We are requesting the government to pass the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017 in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament. How can our nation become superpower when it is not able to provide even basic sense of safety on the roads? Ekta Purohit of Consumer VOICE said: “If this bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens before the next session of Parliament can adopt it. These casualties may include thousands of innocent children and youths in their productive years of life. This is a clear case of carnage on our roads.”
Media Coverage in Chandigarh
The Indian Express
The Times of India
- The Times of India- Heading- Citizens Awareness Group holds walk in memory of mishap victims
- The Pioneer-Heading- Citizens Awareness Group holds walk
- The Tribune-Students sensitised to road safety
- NewZnew - Citizens Awareness Group holds walk as remembrance for road accident victims
- Nation News- World Remembrance Day for Road Accident Victims
- India News Calling-World Remembrance Day for Road Accident Victims was observed by Chandigarh Traffic Police at Children Traffic Park sector 23, Chandigarh in collaboration with Citizen Awareness Group, Chandigarh and Consumer Voice
- World Wisdom-
- Buzzing Chandiragh-Road Safety Bill must for Safer Roads’