1,573 Lives Lost in Traffic Accidents
People gathered in many places in Iceland yesterday to remember victims of traffic accidents, as did people all over the world, on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It is observed the third Sunday of November every year. The gatherings in Iceland were organized by ICE-SAR rescue team members, as well as other first responders.
Ása Ottesen addresses the gathering. She lost a two-year-old brother in a traffic accident years ago. mbl.is/Hari
One such service was held on the helicopter deck of Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík, where President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Minister for Transport Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson addressed the gathering, mbl.is reports.
Since the first registered traffic accident in Iceland, 1,573 people have lost their lives in such accidents. Five people have died in traffic accidents in the country this year. That is five too many, Sigurður Ingi stated.
On Kögunarhóll hill, between Hveragerði and Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, people gathered to remember those who have died on that busy road. In 2006, 52 crosses were installed at the base of the hill – each representing a person who had died on this stretch of the Ring Road from 1972 till 2006. Since then, safety measures have included widening the road and adding median strips.