A quick additional email newsletter this month to tell you about an event that is happening on Sunday (November 15), which I have organised as part of World Day of Remembrance for Road Death Victims.
The service takes place 'virtually' via my Facebook and YouTube channels at 3pm and brings together the key partners involved in road safety in the county, along with those who have lost loved ones on Warwickshire’s roads.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (November 15) was started in the UK by the RoadPeace charity in 1993. It went onto become a global day of commemoration in 2005, when it was endorsed by the United Nations, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention.
Originally our event was due to be held at St Mary's Church in Warwick, just opposite my offices. With the coronavirus pandemic and the new national lockdown restrictions we have instead moved it online, with the service pre-filmed with contributions from a range of different speakers, with an introduction from the Revd Vaughan Roberts from inside the church and a musical performance from the choir of St Mary’s.
Nationally, some 1,800 people die on UK roads each year – more than twice the number of deaths from homicides and terrorism combined. A further 25,000+ people are seriously injured. Many are innocent victims.
In Warwickshire during 2019/20 34 people lost their lives on Warwickshire’s roads and a further 282 people were seriously injured as the result of a collision. Many of these will be someone’s husband, wife, child, friend or colleague.