August is National Road Victim Month. Over 500,000 people have been killed on the roads in Great Britain since the death of Bridget Driscoll in 1896. August was designated National Road Victim Month by RoadPeace after the death of Diana Princess of Wales in 1997. She was killed on 31 August, the same day as the world’s first motor vehicle victim, Mary Ward, was killed in Ireland in 1869. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed in Crystal Palace on 17th August 1896, with the coroner pronouncing “this must never happen again”.
As well as remembering people that have been lost and injured, it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness to make our roads safer.
It has hit home a lot more this year, as I am still recovering from the car accident I had a month ago. I know I am much luckier than lots of people who have car crashes. It affected me a lot mentally (being scared that every car was going to crash into me) aswell as physically (ribs, neck, shoulders, back are still painful a month on) and I’m one of the lucky ones!
It has made me more aware that however good a driver we are, we have to be so aware of others. I was in so much shock when the car hit me and ricocheted me forward.
If everyone obeyed the highway code’s recommendations on braking and stopping distances, then a lot of accidents could be prevented and a lot less people would not be injured or would still be alive.
Remember, only a fool breaks the two second rule!
So, take care when on the roads, exemplify good driving and remember all the people who weren’t so lucky.
In case you want to donate or go to a memorial service, here’s the link
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