Their names on a leaf...the road tragedy victims

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THOSE who lost their lives in road crashes will be remembered at a service in Halifax on Sunday.

As part of a world day of remembrance of crash victims, relatives who have lost loved ones will gather at Halifax Minster at 3pm.

Names of people who have died will be written on oak-leaf shaped pieces of paper and placed on the altar.

The service also marks the start of National Road Safety Week and the theme will be ‘too young to die’.

Almost 4,000 people are killed and many hundreds of thousands injured on roads across the world every day.

In Calderdale last year, 664 people were hurt or killed in crashes. Many of them were under the age of 18.

The service will be supported by representatives from the police, fire and rescue service, ambulance service, NHS, Calderdale Council’s road safety team and councillors.

David Short, Calderdale Council’s road-safety projects officer, said: “Statistics on a page can never reflect the lifetime of anguish and pain caused by the death or serious injury of a loved one. I hope this service will provide a period of reflection on what has happened and for us all to commit to making the roads safer.

“Most crashes are caused by inattention, carelessness, aggression and in some cases sheer stupidity.”

Canon Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax, added: “The remembrance service is an opportunity for communities to come together and show support for those who have lost loved ones.

“It is also a show of solidarity that we care about each other and that we can all make our roads safer.”