Every year, some 186,300 children lose their lives, more than 500 a day, as victims of traffic accidents. Furthermore, more than one-third, or 36%, of child fatalities in traffic accidents are to children actually traveling in the vehicle involved. Sunday 20 November is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and numerous events will be held all over the world to raise awareness of this issue and remember those who died on the roads.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held for the first time in 1993 in the United Kingdom. It was on 26 October 2005 when it was adopted by the United Nations to be held on the third Sunday of every November. The main objective is to shine a spotlight on traffic accidents and their consequences, and remind people that with the right preventive measures most of them are avoidable.
There are some 1,250,000 traffic accident fatalities worldwide every year according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 drawn up by the World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among the 15-29 age group. To be specific, 48% of all deaths in this age group are caused by road accidents.
Regrettably, the probability of dying in a traffic accident depends very much on where you live: 9.3 percent in Europe; 15.9 in America; 17 in South-East Asia; 17.5 in the Western Pacific region; 19.9 in the Eastern Mediterranean; and 26.6 in Africa.
One of the main reasons for these huge differences is the lack of proper legislation. For example, just 53 countries (representing 1,200 million people) have laws on child restraint systems based on the age, height and weight of children, or require a series of age and weight requirements to be met for children to travel in the front passenger seat.
In Spain, there were a total of 97,756 accidents with victims in 2015. With regard to children's road safety, as reflected in the dossier on "Children's Road Safety in Cars in Spain and Latin America: Child Seats 2016" drawn up by Fundación MAPFRE, a total of 25 children under the age of 14 died as a result of traffic accidents in 2015. In 2014 this figure was 37. Consequently there has been a drop of 32%. This means that it is not impossible to reach our objective of "Goal Zero" in the future.
WORLD REMEMBRANCE DAY
Stop Accidents and the Ibero-American Federation of Victims Associations Against Road Violence (FICVI), in collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE, the Conde Duque Cultural Center and the Madrid Municipal Police Force, have organized various activities to commemorate this day:
- From 11:00 to 14:30, in the Central Courtyard of the Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid, there will be a children's mobility circuit featuring a badge workshop, fun activities and information stands.
- From 15:50 to 14:30, in the Conde Duque Assembly Hall in Madrid, there will be the reading of a Manifesto and a minute's silence to commemorate all those people who have lost their lives on the roads.
Afterwards there will be films and performances by singers and groups such as Antonio Pastor Gaitero, Escaramusa, Susa E. Ravanal y Los Seres, Chocano and Gemelo.
You can download the program here. Entrance is free until all places are filled.
Address: Assembly Hall, Conde Duque Cultural Center. Calle Conde Duque, 9, 28015. Madrid.
Also, we at Fundación MAPFRE have elaborated this video in remembrance of all those people that gave their lives in a traffic accident: