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Monday, November 17, 1997 Published at 06:47 GMT


Road traffic victims remembered

Millions of victims of road traffic accidents have been commemorated in a European-wide Day of Remembrance.

The organiser, the British charity RoadPeace, said the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car crash created unprecedented interest in the services.

RoadPeace was formed in 1992 to provide support for victims and their families and to lobby for improved road safety measures. It also wants the law changed so traffic accident deaths are treated as manslaughter rather than as an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

Since the invention of the car, there have been more than 25 million accident victims in Britain and about 10 people are killed every day on the nation's roads. A far greater number are seriously injured.

Accident victims were remembered in a series of church services.

Baroness Hayman, the British Minister for Road Safety, attended a service at St James's Church in London. She was joined by senior police officers and leading figures from the legal and medical professions.

At least 15 other special services were organised and many churches across Europe are leading congregations in special prayers.

The European Federation of Road Traffic Victims says dangers could be reduced by tougher action against bad drivers, educating road users about their responsibilities and promoting transport policy to give equal consideration to all road users.

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