This Sunday November 16, the victims of road collisions will be remembered on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
To mark the day, the Road Safety Authority (RSA ), Westmeath County Council, members of An Garda Síochána, and the Emergency Services are joining forces to urge people to consider their behaviour on the roads as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives on Ireland’s roads.
Since record began in 1959 some 23,592 people have died on Irish roads to date - November 5. A further 76,586 received serious, life-changing injuries over the period 1977 to 2013.
In Westmeath 160 people have been killed on roads since 1997. And already this year, 162 families, friends, and communities around Ireland have lost a loved one.
Masses, services, and commemoration events will take place around the country this weekend to remember the lives that have been lost on our roads. The Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA ) will hold a special ceremony in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 2pm on Sunday November 16. A full list of the events taking place to mark World Day of Remembrance is available on www.rsa.ie