National Road Victims Awareness Month

Written by Claire Robertson, Office Manager

While we never forget those bereaved as a result of a traffic incident, August is an especially poignant time to remember all those who have been killed or injured on our roads.It may interest you to understand why August was chosen as the awareness month, and the driving force behind this awareness programme, Road Peace, explains:

  • Statistically, there are higher incidents of children being injured or killed while on holiday from school.
  • There is an increased risk of those travelling on holiday being involved in a car crash.
  • Scientist Mary Ward fell under the wheels of an experimental steam car and was tragically killed in Ireland on 31 August 1869.
  • The first person killed in the UK by a car, Bridget Driscoll sadly died on 17 August 1896, in Crystal Palace, London.
  • On 31 August 1997, in Paris, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in an infamous car crash.

Hundreds of people lose their lives on the roads every year – and in Wales last year 1135 were killed or left with serious life-changing injuries. Those people included motorists, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.

This August, our remembrance candle in our funeral home on Newport Road, Cardiff will be burning in memory of all those people and the bereaved families and loved ones they leave behind.