To mark the 26th annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Fingal County Council will lit up its buildings in memoriam along with councils across Ireland, as we remember those who have tragically lost their lives in road traffic accidents.
The organisers of the commemoration also asked people to shine a light in their homes and businesses.
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly said: “I would implore every driver to think of their own loved ones as they take the wheel, especially coming into the festive season. Each year we remember road traffic victims, but we do not want to remember the loss of any more lives. We want to celebrate how safe our roads have become and see an end to road deaths.”
This year marks the start of the new Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, during which the World Day will play a very important part – through highlighting the very reasons for all the necessary actions during this coming Decade.
As every year, the objectives of WDoR 2021 are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads, acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services, draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries and advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families as well as promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries
WDoR 2021 puts the spotlight on the reduction of traffic speeds – Low speeds, which have the potential to prevent many deaths and serious injuries, in particular those of pedestrians and all other vulnerable road users – children, elderly and the disabled.
Superintendent Ronan Barry of An Garda Síochána says it’s vital to drive home the message of road safety. ‘There have been 119 road fatalities so far this year.
“Every one of those people was loved and is missed. We will be vigilantly policing the roads in the final weeks of 2021 and we are reminding the public today to never ever take illegal drugs or drink and drive.
“We will continue to conduct drink and drug driving checkpoints and police our roads in line with the needs of the community.
“There will be a notable increase in checkpoints in the run up to Christmas in an attempt to deter people from breaking the road traffic legislation.
Superintendent Barry added: “The other very important message that I would like to deliver is for every driver and passenger to wear a seatbelt.
“As a driver you are responsible for the safety of those you allow in your vehicle and a seatbelt is often the difference between life and death in the event of an accident.
“If you are using the roads network on any other modes of transport, please wear suitable clothing and be safe and be seen – every life matters, do what you can to protect yours.”