India chapter of the International Road Federation (IRF) working for better and safer roads world wide today observed the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims , an international event started in 2005 to honor the 1.35 million people killed annually on the world’s roads and inspire organizing for change to prevent such tragedies.

The World Day of Remembrance is a global program that advocates for improving the relationship between motorists and all users of the road by creating an environment of mutual respect by creating an environment of mutual respect. the theme this year is Remember, Support and Act . 

“India accounts for about 11 per cent of total road accidents worldwide as about 1.5 lakh people die due to road accidents per annum . Road crashes affect everyone - people walking, people cycling and people driving – as well as the friends and family members of the victims. The World Day of Remembrance also recognizes emergency responders, such as police and fire departments and emergency medical technicians, who are the first to arrive on scene to provide immediate care to those injured and provide a critical service to the community. ” said Mr Satish Parakh, President, International Road Federation – India chapter (IRF-IC) while speaking on the occasion .

“The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) was initiated by the road traffic victims in 1993 and is dedicated to remembering all those killed and injured on the worlds roads and all those affected by their death or serious injury/permanent disability. The United Nations had endorsed it in the year 2005 as a global day, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention.” said Mr Parakh

“The UN believes that a day of remembrance is a way to draw attention to the consequences and economic loss on account of road traffic crashes and to put in place measures that can be taken to prevent them. Its aim is to remind governments and individual members of the society of their responsibility to make the roads safer. Only then will the United Nations goals under the ‘UN Decade of Action’ envisaging a target of reducing road accident deaths world wide by 50 Per Cent by the year 2030 be achieved.” said Mr Parakh.