Press release

World Day of Remembrance

November 15, 2021

The City of Atlanta will be participating in The World Day of Remembrance to acknowledge Road Traffic Victims with events throughout the seek of Nov. 15-21. 1.35 million people are killed each year globally on the roads.  In Atlanta this year, we have lost 75 people to traffic violence. Additionally, approximately 50 million are injured globally, many of them seriously. These staggering numbers of road crash deaths and serious injuries, which represent the leading cause of death for children and young adults worldwide, are intensified by the loss to families, friends and societies. To remember those that are no longer with us or that were severely injured in a road crash, for over 20 years the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year. This year, WDR 2021 puts the spotlight on the reduction of traffic speeds – Low speeds, which have the potential to prevent many deaths and serious injuries, in particular those of pedestrians and all other vulnerable road users including children, elderly and persons with disabilities. Our inaugural year will celebrate Atlanta’s first steps in reaching zero traffic deaths and injuries with our success last year of reducing city speed zones from 35mph to 25mph through our Vision Zero initiative!

  • November 15th: Twitter Town Hall focused on #WDoR2021 #ZeroTrafficDeaths, 1 pm ET.
  • November 15-21st: Advocacy Call-in Week for Congressional #ZeroTrafficDeaths Resolution. Sign up here for info. Help enlist more support!
  • Sign the Vision Zero pledge here
  • November 16th: Faith Leader Forum (more here.(Faith leaders including Atlanta Black Clergy have been notified and has received the Faith Leader toolkit)
  • November 21st: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Events nationwide, including Virtual Candle Lighting 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET.

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