Mayor de Blasio, Families of Crash Victims to Mark World Day of Remembrance

Families for Safe Streets, TransAlt to Hold Memorial Walk from City Hall to the UN

Families for Safe Streets, a group of New Yorkers who have lost loved ones or been injured in crashes, will mark the 10th annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, November 15th with a memorial walk from City Hall to the United Nations. Members of the group will join with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Transportation Alternatives to emphasize their support for New York City’s Vision Zero initiative. Street safety advocates will also highlight the #CrashNotAccident campaign to change the way government agencies and news outlets describe collisions.

"We are coming together to honor those who have been killed and maimed on our streets, and to send a strong message that crashes are not accidents," said Samara Daly of Families for Safe Streets. “The word ‘accident’ is demeaning to victims of collisions that are actually preventable. Changing the way we talk about traffic violence is an important step toward changing the culture of reckless and careless driving, so that not one more family will have to suffer the pain we live with every day.”

“We are walking with Families for Safe Streets to tell decision makers in our city and the world that crashes are preventable,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “The message of Vision Zero is that safer street design can save lives, and equitable and consistent enforcement can deter dangerous driving. We thank Mayor de Blasio for his leadership in the effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in New York City.”

WHAT: Memorial Walk to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

WHERE: From City Hall Park to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

WHEN: Sunday, November 15, beginning at noon

WHO: Families for Safe Streets, Transportation Alternatives, Mayor Bill de Blasio

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2005, is commemorated each year on the third Sunday of November, in locations around the world.