Croatia: World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims
In order to reduce accidents in traffic, with a leaflet and contact with road users, we want to point out the most common causes of traffic accidents.
This year's World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims would be commemorate on November 15. It is 25 years ago this year since a day dedicated to remembering road traffic victims began to be observed internationally – for the first ten years by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and its many member organizations, including RoadPeace (UK), who introduced the day in 1995.
With strong support from WHO and UNRSC members, UN Member
States adopted UN General Assembly Resolution 60/5 on 26th October 2005, calling for an annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims as an “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families”. In the Republic of Croatia, non-governmental organizations have been commemorating this day since 2004.
According to the National Road Safety Programme for the period 2011-2020, one of the goals is to reduce the number of fatalities by 50%, i.e the number of fatalities in road traffic in the Republic of Croatia should be less than five people per 100,000.
In order to warn and remind all road users that traffic accidents are one of the main causes of young people's deaths and that 1.3 million people died in traffic accidents and 50 million are injured in traffic accidents every year, a leaflet was made.
It is important to note that about 90% of accidents occur by driver error, and the most common causes are speeding, alcohol, not wearing a seat belt, using a mobile phone while driving, and not using a safety helmet.
During the ten months of 2020, 649 traffic accidents happened in the area of the Police administration Karlovac, nine of which resulted in fatalities, 192 injured persons and 448 accidents with material damage.
In order to point out this issue to all road users, the traffic police will distribute this leaflet publicly from 13th to 15th November.
The intention is to point out the most common causes of traffic accidents and influence on road users about their own role in road safety, all with the aim of reducing traffic accidents and raising the traffic culture and road safety to a higher level.