World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accidents

In October 2005, in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution, third Sunday announced November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accidents (World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims).

This international event is designed to attract the attention of all the people of the world to a sad fact: the world as a result of road accidents every day are killed over three thousand people and about 100,000 are seriously injured. Most of those killed and injured — the youth.

The purpose of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accidents is to honor the memory of the victims of road accidents and to express condolences to their families, as well as to remind Governments and responsible organizations of the need to ensure road safety for all citizens.

According to UN statistics, every year road accidents claim 1.3 million lives. Another 20 to 50 million people receive various types of injuries. More than 50% of all deaths due to road traffic accidents account for the age group 15 to 44 years.

According to the forecasts of the World Health Organization, by 2020, injuries from road accidents could become the third leading cause of death or injury.

Among the main causes of accidents — speeding, alcohol consumption, lack of technical inspection of vehicles and equipment to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.