World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year. Over 42,000 people died in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2021 and 2022 is shaping to be an even deadlier year, according to the National Safety Council.
The city of Charlotte honored all of those who lost their lives while traveling on its roads. At the same time working towards making the roads safer for all users.
“Ending traffic deaths requires a systematic approach that includes education, personal accountability, consistent and equitable enforcement of traffic laws and streets designed for safety,” Shannon Binns, the Executive Director for Sustain Charlotte, said.
He adds there have been improvements made in the Queen City like investments in infrastructure to reduce speed, pedestrian crossing beacons and protected bike lanes.
However, the work is far from complete.
“We have the power to tell our local and state leaders that these investments matter because the lives of loved ones matter,” Binns said. "They matter more than speeding to a destination or running a red light to save just a few minutes. And we have seen that when we stand and ask for safer streets progress is made.”