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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims blog

On Sunday, November 16, we are observing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It’s a time to honor the people who have been injured or killed on the road and also to remember that there is something we all can do to reduce the number of tragedies in the future.

Around the world, close to 3,400 people, including more than 500 children, die on and around roads each day and many more are injured or disabled. In the spirit of World Day of Remembrance, we are asking everyone to remember Christina, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, who was struck and killed by a car on October 31, 2012. Christina’s mom, Gwen Ward, is working hard to make sure we honor Christina’s memory by encouraging everyone to put their devices down and pay attention when they cross the street.

It will take all of us working together to change these outcomes for children and families around the world. That’s why Safe Kids is launching the Safe Roads | Safe Kids campaign at the Global Road Safety Summit on December 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The summit will bring together stakeholders from international agencies, governments, foundations, the private sector and NGOs to plan strong action steps to enhance the safety of our children, prevent injuries and safe lives.

In honor of Christina and the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, please read Gwen’s story, watch her video, and join our Moment of Silence campaign. Working together, we can reduce these tragedies and protect children no matter where they live.

Do you have someone you’d like to honor on the World Day of Remembrance?