Rodney residents paid their respects to the victims of road traffic crashes at a special ceremony held at Orewa Reserve to commemorate World Remembrance Day for Traffic Victims recently (Sunday, 21 November).
Pastor Andrew Court led a small evening service to remember those who had lost their lives on Rodney roads, and the Norfolk Pine next to the surf club was illuminated with night lights that will shine until February as a visual reminder to take care on the roads.
Six people died in fatal traffic accidents on Rodney roads in the last year.
The people who gathered in Orewa joined millions of others from around the globe who took the opportunity remember the 3,400 men, women and children killed on the world’s roads every day.
Annually that is about 1.2 million people who die from accidents caused while walking, cycling, or driving with a further 20 - 50 million people suffering severe injuries.
November 15 is recognised by the United Nations every year as a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and their families, and it is one of the many road safety campaigns supported by Auckland Transport.