Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP and Road Safety Campaigner, David Stewart, has taken the opportunity to highlight the work of a charity and a Support Group who offer guidance and help to the victims of road traffic incidents.
Road Peace are the national charity for road crash victims, whose members include those who have been bereaved or injured in road collisions and also those who are concerned about road danger.
They are the only member based charity for road collision victims in the UK.
DYFAM (Don’t You Forget About Me) Support Group has been set up by local volunteers in the Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland area, to provide help and support to victims of road traffic incidents in these and the surrounding areas.
Both groups came together yesterday (Sunday 17 November 2013) to remember all victims of road traffic related incidents at a remembrance service at Fort George, Barracks, Ardesier by Inverness.
David Stewart said ” It is heartening to note that so many groups and organisations are coming together to tackle all aspects of road collisions and the effects they have on the lives of families and individuals.
“ Both Road Peace and DYFAM are two worthy Support Groups whose members and volunteers have unfortunately experienced the pain of losing a loved one in a road collision.
“This gives these people great insight into what other people in similar circumstances experience and allows them to use these experiences to help others”.
He continued ” Today I have lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament, recognising the efforts of both organisations and reminding all, that next year’s World Day of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 16 November 2013″.
The text of David Stewart’s motion reads :
That the Parliament notes that Road Peace’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims took place on 17 November 2013; acknowledges that Road Peace both provides support for victims and works to prevent future victims by campaigning for road danger reduction; commends the road incident support group, Don’t You Forget About Me (DYFAM) for organising what it considers the successful World Day of Remembrance at Fort George Barracks, Ardesier, by Inverness; remembers at this time all victims of road-related incidents across Scotland, and notes that the 2014 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on 16 November 2014