The third Sunday of each November is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has become an important global event in recognising the far-reaching impact road trauma has on road users, witnesses, emergency and medical personnel.
This year’s theme of “Life is not a Car Part” reflects the value of human lives affected by road crashes and the collaborative effort needed to reduce death and injury on our roads.
Injury Matters hosted a commemorative event at the UWA Watersports Complex, with gorgeous views over the Swan River. The day began with a traditional smoking ceremony lead by Aboriginal Elder, Marie Taylor.
Road Safety Minister, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, Chairman of the Road Safety Council, Iain Cameron, and State Director of Trauma, Dr Sudhakar Rao, joined key road safety figures to share their perspective on the future of road safety.
Injury Matters Ambassador, Ninja Warrior, Invictus Games Dual Medallist, Navy Sailor and True Grit Mark Daniels, presented his story of overcoming road trauma as a through knee amputee. Advocate and Perth mother, Louise Clarke, also shared her story of losing her daughter, Bronnie, to a road crash and the ripple effect road trauma can have.
Life is not replaceable, like a car part. Our lives often require us to use road transport for personal, recreational and work purposes in different ways; as pedestrians, bicycle or motorcycle riders, car, bus, or truck drivers and more. Yet this necessity should not risk or take our lives, or the lives of others.
There have already been 146 deaths on WA roads in 2019, with thousands more seriously injured. The grief, pain and trauma caused by road crashes can be felt long after the incident.
Injury Matters delivers Road Trauma Support WA, the state’s only dedicated road trauma support service, providing free information, support and counselling to anyone impacted by road trauma.
We urge all road users to be mindful of what they can do to ensure they are safe on our roads.
The only acceptable aim is zero road deaths.
Thank you to all that attended this important day. View the full gallery of photos from the event here.