In British Columbia, the third Wednesday each November is set aside as the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. November 20 is this year’s date to remember, and honour those killed and injured in often preventable road crashes, and the families, friends, and colleagues left to deal with sudden and unexpected loss or suffering.
Each year, hundreds of British Columbians become fatally injured because of road crashes. In addition to the impacts on victims and their families, entire communities suffer the loss, resulting in physical, emotional, and financial costs.
The Fast Facts:
- Distracted driving contributed to an average of over 25% of all MVI fatalities from 2008 to 2017
- In BC, there are an average of nearly 300 deaths related to road crashes each year. (average from 2013-2017, source: Traffic Accident System Data, ICBC)
- The age groups most affected by road crashes in BC are those aged 16-25: 16% of fatalities, followed by ages 26-35: 15% of fatalities
- An average of nearly 20% of fatalities occurred in November and December in British Columbia. (2013-2017)
Let’s all work together to reduce the number of people injured and killed on the roads to zero. Help make VisionZeroBC a reality.
The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims is a day to honour the victims of preventable crashes. It’s also a day to take stock of workplace road safety initiatives and decide what you will do to improve the safety of your employees and other road users.
To get help, visit Road Safety At Work. The website offers tools, resources, workshops and online courses that help employers, supervisors and employees deliver on their responsibilities to reduce the risk of being involved in a serious, or fatal, motor vehicle crash.