Service to be held for crash victims

12.00 | 8 November 2012 | | 2 comments

The ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ will take place on 18 November at Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire.

Initiated by RoadPeace in 1993, the day raises awareness of the number of people killed or seriously injured as a result of road traffic collisions, and provides an opportunity for victims and bereaved parents, families and friends to “join together in solidarity and empathy”.

As part of the act of remembrance, there will be a display board containing photographs of victims killed in road traffic crashes. There will also be an opportunity to write the names of loved ones on an oak leaf card.

Bridget Wall, who organises the event, said: “It’s time to draw global attention to the 3rd World War that no-one wants to talk about, which is 1.3 million men, women, young people and children killed in road traffic collisions and up to 50 million injured every year.

“All road users have a right to use roads and pavements without feeling intimidated and endangered by other road users. We have a responsibility and a duty of care.

“The correct terminology is road traffic incident/crash/collision – not accident. The correct use of terminology is absolutely vital in influencing attitudes towards road traffic crashes.”

For more information contact Bridget Wall on 01366 382433.


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    Thanks for putting this on as an item. Please note, as Honor Byford mentions, that this is one of many services around the country. My comment on the recent “Lost Soles” item gives details of the Liverpool remembrance. Full details of services around the country can be found by going to the RoadPeace website on

    David Midmer, ADI, RoadPeace, Wirral
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    There will be services at a number of churches and cathedrals around the country and even internationally – this excellent and helpful service of acknowledgement for road casualty victimes and their families and friends is really catching on. Here in North Yorkshire, our local service will be at Ripon Cathedral, on Sunday 18th November, starting at 3.00pm with an opportunity for a chat and a cup of tea afterwards.

    If you google Oak Leaf Service you’ll find details of the nearest service to where you live. If there isn’t one, why not ask your local church to help you organise one for next year? Always a very moving occasion and a timely and encouraging reminder of why we all do what we do in road safety.

    Honor Byford, North Yorkshire
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