Tomorrow, Sunday November 21st , is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with commemorations to remember the victims of road traffic crashes and their families taking place around the country.
Louth County Council is inviting businesses and householders to ‘Shine a Light’ between 7 and 8pm this Sunday for road crash victims. An amber or white light will shine on Louth County Council public buildings while people are also invited to shine a light in their front windows for the evening.
Speaking in advance of this weekend’s commemoration, Adrian O’Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Louth County Council reflected on the numbers who have lost their lives on the nation’s roads with seven fatalities to date in 2021.
“These figures don’t include the countless numbers left with life changing injuries over the same period which never make the news. We all know someone whose lives have been deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague, neighbour or member of the community. The effect on our emergency services, who deal with the consequences of crashes on a daily basis, is profound” said Adrian.
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Events are also taking place nationwide to mark the day including a remembrance service which will take place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda at 1.15pm. A special remembrance mass will also be broadcast live on RTE 1 TV this Sunday at 11am.
A renewed focus for World Day of Remembrance this year is on the victims of serious injuries and their families. 24,663* people have died on our roads since we began recording fatalities in 1959. Since 1977, when injury records began, 84,977* people have been seriously injured.
119 people have been killed on Irish roads to date in 2021 this is a decrease of 16 deaths compared to the same date last year.
* Note, figures are provisional and subject to change. Up to 18/11/21.
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