Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Announcements: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims — November 16, 2004

Road traffic crashes kill nearly 3,500 persons each day worldwide and injure or disable an estimated 20–50 million persons each year (1). They are the leading cause of death among young persons aged 15–29 years worldwide, and the leading cause of death among those aged ≤30 years in the United States. CDC has declared motor vehicle injuries a "winnable battle" and supports efforts at the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) to dedicate 2011–2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2). The Decade of Action was launched in May 2011 in more than 100 countries with the goal of preventing 5 million road traffic deaths globally by 2020.

In October 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (3) calling for governments and nongovernmental organizations to mark the third Sunday in November each year as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities. This World Day of Remembrance also pays tribute to the dedicated emergency responders, police, and medical professionals who deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

CDC, WHO, and the UN Road Safety Collaboration encourage governments and nongovernmental organizations worldwide to observe November 16, 2014, as the World Day of Remembrance to call attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and prevention measures. The theme of this year's World Day of Remembrance is "Speed kills: design out speeding." Ancillary materials are available to provide organizations with action strategies to support victims and survivors (4). Guidance for persons or groups on how to plan and organize events is available from WHO at Additional information about the World Day of Remembrance is available at Additional information about CDC's motor vehicle injury prevention activities is available at


  1. World Health Organization. Global status report on road safety: supporting a decade of action. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2013. Available at
  2. CDC. Launch of decade of action for global road safety—May 11, 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2011;60:554.
  3. United Nations. Improving global road safety. Resolution 60/5. New York, NY: United Nations General Assembly, 60th Session; 2005.
  4. World Health Organization. Advocating for road safety and road traffic injury victims: a guide for nongovernmental organizations. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization and Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety; 2012. Available at

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version ( and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #