The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Donegal County Council, members of An Garda Síochána, the Emergency Services and PARC Road Safety Group are asking people in Donegal to remember the victims of road collisions on ‘World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims’ this Sunday, November 20.
As of Monday, 164 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year, a reduction of 35 on the same period last year.
A Mass, which has been organised by Margaret Mannering, a relative of a road traffic victim, will take place in St Connell’s Church in Glenties on Sunday, November 20 at 11am. Friends and family of people who have been killed in road collisions will read out the names of their lost loved ones at the Mass. White roses will be given to the relatives of the victims whose names were read out and the names will also be included in the Mass booklet.
A Mass will also take place in St Patrick’s Church in Ballyshannon on Saturday, November 19 at 7.30pm. This has been organised by Marian Wymbs. Families and victims of road traffic collisions will each bring a candle in memory of the person who was involved in collision.
Mr Eamon Browne, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council said: “Every day, people live with the consequences of tragedies on our roads. On ‘World Remembrance Day’, I would urge people to reflect on the way they use the roads, how it can be improved and what we can all do to prevent further suffering and tragedy.”
Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority, added: “’World Remembrance Day’ is a time for us to remember those who have died on our roads, the families, friends and communities who are living with their tragic loss and those people who continue to require support and care for serious injuries. So on ‘World Remembrance Day’, please take a moment to think about your behaviour on the roads and the changes we all can make to keep our roads free from carnage. Because all it takes is a split second for lives to be changed forever.”
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, An Garda Síochána said: “An Garda Síochána is committed to working with road safety agencies, groups and individuals nationwide to ensure that fewer families have to suffer the grief of losing a loved one. ‘World Remembrance Day’ reminds us all just how devastating road collisions can be and gives us an opportunity to reflect on our own behaviour on the roads, particularly as the festive season approaches.”
Ms Susan Gray, the Culdaff-based founder of PARC Road Safety Group, said: “’World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims’ only takes place once a year but anyone who has lost a loved one on the roads will know that you live with your memories and grief every day of the year.
“This Sunday, I would ask people around the country to take a few moments to remember those who have died on our roads, the families and friends that are left behind and the people who continue to need lifelong support for serious injuries.”
In addition to the activity at local level, the Road Safety Authority will also have a ‘Wall of Remembrance’ at https://apps.facebook. com/191240797620479/ where people who have lost loved ones in road collisions can post a message in their memory.