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Accident victims to be remembered at Kidderminster service
VICTIMS of road accidents will be remembered at the annual RoadPeace service in Kidderminster.
The 19th yearly memorial event will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday, November 17 at St Ambrose Church, Birmingham Road, led by Father Douglas Lamb and Canon Paul Brothwell, on the world day of remembrance for road accident victims.
Peter Picken, of Kidderminster RoadPeace, said: “The charity strives to raise awareness of the responsibilities of all road users, particularly drivers of vehicles, in order to bring about the reduction of road danger.
“They encourage concern for the most vulnerable – pedestrians and cyclists, the very young and the very old.”
RoadPeace is a national charity for road traffic victims set up in 1992 to support bereaved families and people injured in traffic crashes.
During the late 1990s, members of RoadPeace Kidderminster placed a memorial stone outside St Mary’s Church and a donation from the Lions Club enabled a bench to be put alongside it.
Mr Picken said there had been a reduction in reported deaths on the road nationally in 2012. The figure of 1,754 was down by about 150 on the year before. Despite the decrease, he said: “These figures are staggering and if it were associated with anything other than the motor car, I am sure there would be a greater call for action for reduction.”
He said RoadPeace also offered “practical information about post-crash legal procedures and assistance with inquests, trials and meetings with police, Crown Prosecution Service or an MP”. He said in addition to the effect crashes have on friends and family, there was a huge cost to the NHS.
Organisers are asking people to light candles or any other lights and illuminate porches, houses and civic buildings from 6pm until 8pm on the day of the service as part of a global “light of hope” initiative.
Anyone who would like someone remembered in prayers at the service can email email@example.com
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