The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2019

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.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Injury Matters Event

Iain Cameron, Christine Smith, Sandy Lukjanowski and Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.

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.

Aboriginal Elder, Marie Taylor performed the smoking ceremony.

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.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Dr Sudhakar Rao

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Iain Cameron

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.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Mark Daniels

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Louise Clarke

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.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Christine Smith, Sandy Lukjanowski, Mark Daniels, Cayley Jones and Justin Shute

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Christine Smith and WA Police Commander Scanlan APM

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Wayne and Jackie Pemberton with Garry Mews

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Dr Sudhakar Rao, Annie-Marie Farley, Iain and Julie Cameron

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Perth Injury Matters Event

Sandy Lukjanowski, Mark Daniels and Louise Clarke

Injury Matters in Broome

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Injury Matters will be in Broome from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November, to conduct a number of activities that aim to reduce the impact of injury within the Kimberley region.

Our Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) service will be facilitating an “Understanding and Working with Road Trauma” workshop on Wednesday 27 November for Main Roads WA staff. This workshop will increase participants understanding of, and ways of working with those experiencing, grief, loss and trauma, the impact of road trauma, how to look after self and stay well and how and when to seek professional help following a road traffic crash in WA.

If you are interested in our RTSWA service conducting a similar workshop with your staff members, please call (08) 6166 7688.

To support our new heavy vehicle road safety project, Mentally and Physically Safe on our Roads (MaPS) we will also be consulting with the local community regarding the challenges that local heavy vehicle operators face in maintaining their health and wellbeing. If you are based in the Kimberley region, work in the heavy vehicle industry and are interested in being involved in this consultation process, please contact us to arrange a time to gather your feedback. 

Want to know more about MaPS on our Roads? Contact [email protected]

Our team is also offering a free community falls prevention presentation at the Broome Community Resource Centre (CRC) on Thursday, 28 November at 3:30pm. See the CRC Facebook for more details.

We have times available for any organisation or group who would like us to present to their staff. Injury presentation topics include:

  • The incidence of injury in the Kimberley;
  • Understanding of grief and loss after road trauma; and
  • Supporting yourself or others after road trauma.