Minister Heyliger encourages safe driving

POSTED: 11/22/11 7:24 AM

World Day of remembrance for road traffic victims

St. Maarten – Yesterday was the World Day of remembrance for road traffic victims. Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year globally and injure or disable as many as 50 million more. This is also the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years.
Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger who has infrastructure in his portfolio, said in his message yesterday that he would like the nation to remember all those who lost their lives or were injured in road traffic accidents.
In October 2005, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which calls for governments to mark the third Sunday in November as World Day of remembrance for road traffic victims.
The day was created as a means to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and the plight of their relatives who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these tragic events.
Nearly 3,500 people die on the world’s roads every day. Tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year. Children, pedestrians, cyclists and the elderly are among the most vulnerable of road users.
“My Ministry has been working diligently along with contractors on a number of public sector improvement projects which includes also making our roads safer for users as well as pedestrians. Let us reflect upon those who lost their lives and recommit and encourage others to prevent road traffic injuries by promoting good practices related to helmet and seat-belt wearing, not drinking and driving, not speeding, and not using a cell phone or texting while driving,” Minister Heyliger said yesterday.

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