On 17th November 2013, the 20th annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed around the world. Each year, more than 100 countries worldwide dedicate a day to mourn the thousands of lives lost on the roads and to acknowledge the tireless efforts of those who work to prevent road deaths.

In the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, events were organized by EASST partner the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) in partnership with the “ProtectMD” Foundation, the National Patrol Inspectorate, the Ministry of Transportation and Road Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Health, with representatives of the UN and EU in Moldova also joining the events.

Chisinau Candles

The event began with a procession of crashed cars through the Great National Assembly Square, where those gathered held a moment of silence in memory of those who have died on the road. Candles were lit in memory of road traffic victims and materials on speeding and drink driving were distributed to the public. The event finished with the release of 255 white balloons into the sky, symbolizing the number of road traffic victims in the first 10 months of this year.

The Minsk memorial service

In the Belarusian capital, Minsk, EASST partner the Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club (BKA) released named balloons representing those that had died in road crashes over the last three months. A church memorial service was held for the public and leaflets were distributed to members of the public calling for safe behaviour on the roads.

In the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, EASST partner Road Safety NGO led by Chinara Kasmambetova held events with students at the Kyrgyz-Russian University. Videos were aired to students on the road safety situation in the Kyrgyz Republic who held discussions on World Remembrance Day. The event was reported by Akipress – http://kg.akipress.org/news:586671