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MLA Highlights Remembrance Service for Road Crash Victims

8 November, 2007


Sinn Fein Road Safety spokesperson Newry Armagh Cathal Boylan, MLA speaking after attending a conference at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown recently to highlight the plight of families left bereaved by road death has encouraged people bereaved by road traffic deaths to attend an Interdenominational Remembrance Service in Newry Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 18th November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims.

Mr Boylan said:

"Between 2000 and 2006, there have been 1018 people killed, 9621 seriously injured and 64871 slightly injured on our road. A staggering total of 75510 individuals affected by a road traffic accidents.

"Taking the people killed alone, if only 10 people, which is a very conservative figure, were affected by each death, that means there are 10,180 people suffering pain, grief and heartache every day with little or no voluntary bereavement counseling to help them.

"Sunday 18th November is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. An Interdenominational Remembrance Service is being held in Newry Cathedral at 3pm and I would hope many of those who have been left behind will come along and gain strength from the fact that they are not alone with their grief and that others will come to simply remember friends and show support for those who have been bereaved." ENDS

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