Remembering our road traffic victims – Malta

18–19 November 2018, Malta

The World Day of Remembrance (WDoR) for Road Traffic Victims is held annually on the third Sunday of November, commemorating the lives of those lost to road tragedies. This is the 25th anniversary of WDoR, and this year’s theme is “Roads have stories”. As events are once more being organized in cities around the WHO European Region, Malta will be joining in remembrance.

On Sunday, 18 November 2018, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate (Ministry for Health, Malta), Malta Road Safety Council, Doctors for Road Safety (DRS) and the Malta Medical Students Association (MMSA) will be hosting an event for the general public at the Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Sliema from 15:00 onwards.

This event is being held in collaboration with WHO, the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) and the Tara Malou Licari Fund.

The public is invited to visit the interactive stands where members of these organizations will share useful information including the implications of the new driving regulations, the effects of alcohol and the use of breathalysers. Live music will pay tribute to the road traffic victims who are central to this event.

The event will close with a short remembrance walk in honour of road traffic victims, starting at 16:30 at Pjazza Tigné, Sliema, along the Strand promenade.

The general public, and particularly survivors of road crashes, individuals, families and friends who have suffered such loss to the roads, are invited to participate in these activities and to bring photos of their loved ones should they so wish.

International Road Safety Conference

On the following day, 19 November, the International Road Safety Conference will also be held in Malta, hosted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health and WHO, with participants representing national as well as international collaborating partners and donors. The United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will also be in Malta to address this conference.

These entities, which will also include youth representation, will be coming together to raise awareness about road safety and what actions can be taken to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads, together and in remembrance of those killed and catastrophically injured.

Road traffic fatalities are immensely tragic as in most cases they could be prevented. It is vital to remember all those killed and impacted by road traffic crashes and take a stand against further tragedies in their name.

The lost have no voice of their own so those who are left behind must speak for them to get the attention these preventable tragedies require.