20th November 2021
World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday in November each year. Local Authority Road Safety Officers across Ireland ask us all to join in the commemoration.
Cork City Council will light up City Hall and we ask families to join us and ‘light up for road safety’ by shining a light or burning a candle in your window at the same time.
The enlightening campaign, in memory of all of those who have lost their lives on our roads, will see council buildings across Ireland lit up from 7–8pm as part of this year's ‘World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims’ on Sunday 21st November. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, will attend a special remembrance Mass on Sunday morning in the North Cathedral at 11.30 a.m.
2021 has been a very different year, and due to Covid-19 restrictions it has seen an increase in people walking and cycling on our roads. Road safety is now more important than ever, and Road Safety Officers are imploring the public to please be vigilant of their own safety.
On this important day, bereaved families and the seriously injured come together to acknowledge the terrible toll of road deaths and injuries and to show our thanks for the work of the emergency services; You too can show your support by participating in this event.
How can you get involved?
Businesses and other organisations are also being encouraged to light up their buildings as part of this national campaign.
Lord Mayor Colm Kelleher of Cork City Council said: “One of the purposes of these events is to raise awareness. The many persons who lose their lives in traffic accidents is a global issue. This day of remembrance will reflect that, and it also acknowledges the work done by all the emergency services.”
Frank Fitzgerald, Road Safety Awareness Officer for Cork City Council, said: “Families of crash victims never forget their loved ones who have died on the road. This day is an opportunity for everyone to remember road-crash victims and to think about the consequences of a collision. Organisers want the public and business sector to get involved and support this year’s awareness event by lighting up for road safety.”
Similar actions will be undertaken by the fire services countrywide.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the millions of people killed and injured on the world’s roads, and their families and friends.
It is also a day to thank the emergency services for their role in saving lives; to reflect on the impact of road deaths on families and communities; and to draw attention to the need for improved legislation, awareness, infrastructure, technology, and post-crash response to save more families from the tragedy of losing a loved one.
The World Day of Remembrance, founded by Road Peace in 1993, is promoted by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2005.
The theme for the event is light up for road safety.