Monday, 16 November 2015

World Remembrance Day For Road Traffic Victims 2015

Today is World Remembrance Day For Road Traffic Victims and in honour of Clinty's memory, I have acknowledged this day every year since I heard about it. I had this whole post in my head ready to type up and publish here, but I decided not to publish it as I just wasn't into putting it all out there - out of my head and into a blog post. I have done Blog posts previously which you can read over here. In saying this, I really don't need a special day to honour Clint's memory, not his death day or even his birthday, I honour and cherish his memory, every single second of every day and I am privileged to say that I am his mother and always will be. It is an honour to be his mother and I will always cherish that, however, I do acknowledge this day in honour of his memory and to highlight that "minor" traffic offences are not minor at all - they kill; they maim and destroy lives.

Clinty With His Scholar Patrol Certificate

It is a well-documented fact that mothers will smear their children full of sunblock, put safety catches on toilet seats and electrical sockets and then climb into their cars, strap their children into car seats and then speed through red traffic lights whilst updating their Whatsapp playgroup without giving a second thought to their child or another child dying as a result of their negligence. I am not saying it is only mothers who do this, road deaths don't choose between gender; wealth; age or even morals, The Arrive Alive Wall Of Remembrance is a testament to this, however, this is to what extent road safety is ignored.  It is at the bottom of the safety chain in life - putting a lock on a toilet seat takes priority over safety when driving. The Day of Remembrance is to not only honour Road Traffic Victims but to highlight the consequences of traffic offences.

Excerpt taken from the World Day Of Remembrance Website "The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a Day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it.
Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous" Read More.

This year is the 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary that it was adopted by the UN. This year's theme is - "It is time to remember to say no to road crime".  A traffic offence is a crime no matter how "minor" you may think it is - it is a crime. An illegal U-Turn ended a beautiful boy's life - his goals and dreams. These are not statistics on The Wall Of Remembrance they are children; babies; sons; daughters; mothers; fathers - they are people. Living people until someone committed a road crime. [Arrive Alive Wall of Remembrance Is Not Part Of The World Remembrance Day Organisation].

Image Credit WDR2015

In Loving Memory Of Clinton

21.9.1989 to 16 March 2007

Clinty, I will always love; cherish and honour your memory. You will live in my heart forever - until it stops beating and beyond. Love You Always

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