Please join Families for Safe Streets in commemorating World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Together, as those who have been personally impacted by crashes, we will join with the Vision Zero Network and other street safety organizations, community members, faith leaders, elected officials, and dignitaries from across the country and globe to REMEMBER, SUPPORT, and ACT.
Each year, 1.35 million people are killed around the world in traffic crashes. Over 100 Americans are killed every single day and millions more are injured each year.
Together we can amplify the heartbreaking cost of traffic crashes and the urgent need for change.
Tribute from Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of the late President Nelson Mandela, author, global advocate and road safety campaigner.
Zoleka campaigns in memory of her daughter Zenani Mandela, who was killed in a road crash in Johannesburg at age 13.
National Call-in Week for #ZeroTrafficDeaths, November 15-21, 2021
Call your Federal officials and urge passage of the Congressional Zero Traffic Deaths Resolution (S. Res. 321, H. Res. 565). Learn more and take action.
Faith Leader Forum, Tuesday, November 16 (date tentative)
Religious leaders of every faith from across the country are invited to this virtual forum to learn how you can address the public health crisis of traffic violence, offering an opportunity to join the United Nations and cities around the world in memorializing those who've been killed or seriously injured - and in calling for safe streets. Imagine if all peoples and all religions come together to pray for a day when there are no more senseless deaths and injuries due to reckless driving. All faith leaders can use their pulpits, prayers and programming to remind their communities to slow down, pay attention and support solutions that save lives.
Virtual Candle Lighting, Sunday, November 21
Those who have been personally impacted by crashes from across the country will join together for an evening virtual candle lighting to close out the local in-person and virtual events nationwide.
All events are virtual — please click links to RSVP for login details. EST/PST are only listed for simplicity, but participants from across the country are all invited and encouraged to join!
Want to plan an event in your community or help us spread the word about our virtual events? Please fill out this form to find out more and/or share your event information and resources.
And watch for 2021 events to be added here.
See Vision Zero Network's recap of 2020 World Day of Remembrance events across the nation here. Here is a list of our 2020 events across the country:
Los Angeles/Southern California
New York City
Take Action Now: Zero Traffic Deaths
This World Day of Remembrance, demand that your local, state, and federal government join the national call for Zero Traffic Deaths. These tragedies are not unavoidable "accidents." In fact, roadway crashes are largely predictable and preventable by leveraging the proven policies and practices to prioritize safety. We need our leaders to:
– Double down on what works through proven, evidence-based strategies that support equity
– Advance life-saving technology in vehicles and infrastructure
– Prioritize safety by adopting a Safe Systems Approach — safe roads, safe vehicles, and safe speeds —
and tie funding to saving lives
– Support crash victims, like victims of other crimes, even when drivers are not criminally charged
Please also join our federal demand for #ZeroTraffic Deaths! You can take action now by joining in our call to Congress to urge passage of the #ZeroTrafficDeaths resolution (S. Res. 321, H. Res. 565). Read what other volunteers have to say about their experiences meeting with Congress members in the past few months:
"Having been on a few meetings and seen the powerful response from the representatives, I can honestly say I feel that we are making a difference by having them. I was amazed how easy it was to speak through the zoom meeting and the presentation was so simple yet effective. I also really felt supported by my advocate community at Families for Safe Streets and our partners. I felt I couldn't mess it up with such amazing support."
— Thomas Hyneman, Families for Safe Streets, Atlanta
"I helped organize a zoom meeting with a key aide to Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). She was very interested and we learned a few days later that Rep. Huffman would co-sponsor the Resolution. Very exciting to know our small meeting was successful. It was also an occasion to work with a key staffer of our local bicycle coalition who joined the call and we'll be working more together going forward. With good preparation, the whole process took only an hour or so. Time well spent!"
— Steve Bingham, Families for Safe Streets, SF Bay Area
WE KNOW ZERO IS POSSIBLE
Zero traffic deaths is achievable and, for the most part, we know how to do it. Based on a growing body of data, expert analysis and reliable projections, we have the tools and the know-how needed to reduce traffic deaths by 75% in the next 30 years.
A combination of policy changes, modernized road designs, and advanced technologies exist today and can be implemented to save lives.
Sermons for Safe Streets
Sadly, the epidemic of traffic crashes is one that unites us all. People of every faith, neighborhood, race, class, gender, age, ability and political affiliation are hit personally by this issue.
We invite all faith leaders to use their pulpits, prayers and programming to remind communities that
we are all part of the solution.
Take the "Crash Not Accident" Pledge
Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers.
They are not accidents. Pledge to stop using the word "accident" today.
Families for Safe Streets (FSS) confronts the epidemic of traffic violence by advocating for life-saving changes and providing support to those who have been impacted by crashes. Comprised of individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones, FSS was founded in 2014 in New York City and is growing as a national movement with chapters across the country.