Road Trauma Support WA commemorates the 2016 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Fremantle
Road Trauma Support WA marked the World Day of Remembrance (WDR) for Road Traffic Victims at Fremantle Sailing Club on Sunday November 20.
The event has been marked across the globe each year on the third Sunday in November to remember the millions killed and injured on our roads each year, together with their friends, families and loved ones and the many others impacted by road trauma across WA.
It is also a day in which we thank the emergency service personnel who attend incidences of road trauma each and every day in the course of their day-to-day working lives and recognise the incredibly challenging work that they do and the impact it has on them both professionally and personally.
Road Trauma Support WA Manager, Sandy Lukjanowski , was joined by WA Minister for Police and Road Safety, the Hon Liza Harvey MLA, RTSWA patron and Director of Trauma at Royal Perth Hospital, Dr Sudhakar Rao and Road Safety Commission WA Director of Governance, Teresa Williams, to mark the occasion with clients and their families and friends, key stakeholders, staff and the broader community.
Ms Lukjanowski said the impact of road trauma was far reaching and often violent, traumatic and instantaneous, causing a ripple effect across both suburban and regional communities throughout WA.
“All too often the victims are young and in almost all of the cases where lives are lost or shattered, these crashes can be prevented,” Ms Lukjanowski commented.
“The impact is long lasting and often permanent and sadly each year, hundreds of families are added to the list of those whose lives have been irreparably changed in a single instant.”
So far this year (*) 161 people, 101 from regional WA, have lost their lives on WA roads, up from 136 at the same time last year, a trend which is sadly being reflected across Australia and the world.
“This special day highlights the loss and suffering of the many thousands impacted each year as well as the social and economic cost of road trauma,” Ms Lukjanowski added.
In addition to addresses from the Minister for Police and Road Safety and the Road Safety Commission, those gathered were moved to hear a personal reflection from one of RTSWA’s clients as well as a musical performance and minute’s silence.