Monday, November 18, 2013
FAMILIES and friends of local people killed in road traffic accidents attended a service to remember their loved ones at County Hall in Preston on Sunday.
The annual service for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was one of thousands held across the globe to mark the lives of those lost on the roads, and honour the work of the emergency services.
Lancashire County Council chairman Michael Devaney welcomed representatives from Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, and police, fire and ambulance services.
He said: "Every death on our roads is a tragedy and has lasting consequences for the family and friends of those who life has been lost.
"Today's service is to remember them, and mark the dedication and bravery of emergency crews, police and medical professionals who deal every day with the traumatic aftermath of road deaths and injuries.
"It's also an important opportunity to pay tribute to those who work to support victims of collisions and their families and work towards making our roads safer."
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, originated in 1993 by UK-based charity RoadPeace. It is observed on the third Sunday of November by an increasing number of countries on every continent.
The work of RoadPeace and the many organisations involved in road safety across Lancashire helps raise awareness of the responsibilities of all road users, particularly drivers, to reduce collisions.
You can find out more about RoadPeace and the support they offer at www.roadpeace.org.