#SayMyName is a Project of Safer Australian Roads and Highways for United Nations World Day of Remembrance (WDR) of Road Traffic Victims (19 Nov 2017)
N.B. The focus for this project is the United Nations Decade of Road Safety (2011 to 2020).
You can find SARAH's edit of the Australian Road Fatalities Database for the UN Decade of
Road Safety 1/1/2011 to 30/6/2016 at http://tinyurl.com/zam9vtk
It started by chance while we were doing some research on the Department of Infrastructure and Transport's death database ( https://bitre.gov.au/statistics/safety/fatal_road_crash_database.aspx ). We decided that as the data is already public we would cut the data to show many people have been killed since the United Nations Decade of Road Safety started on 1 January 2011. (We want to give people who have lost someone the opportunity to place the name of their loved one beside the anonymous number that represents them. Should they also wish to tell their story, we will also link the name, photo and the story on our "In Memory" webpage.
The Database not only gives those details but also the details of every person killed on our roads since 1 January 1989. It made us sick to recognise that 46,717 people have been killed since then. With more than 20 times as many serious injuries as deaths, this means there have also been over 900,000 serious injuries.
We have also cut the database to produce the number of people killed from:
The database is certainly an excellent research tool providing details including:
- Day of week
But the names of those killed are hidden. The problem is that in not showing the names, their life stories are also hidden. To the rest of society, they simply never existed and tht isone of the fundamental reasons road crash death and injury remains "out there"and those individuals remain nothing but statistics.
Does the name of your loved one matter?
For far too long, those killed on our roads and highways have been simply forgotten. Indeed all you hear after a road crash is that some anonymous person has been killed and there is traffic banked up for kilometres.
But for those left behind who grieve their loss, they are left with a terrible feeling of isolation ... it is as if the lives of your loved ones never mattered. Well they always mattered and they matter today!
For example, when we edited the Database so it commenced on 1 January 2011 (start of the UN Decade of Road Safety) we found Registration Number 1425. It simply describes a 23 year old female killed at 12:30 on Wednesday 15 February 2012 in NSW.
However this person was not some anonymous statistic. She had a name... She had a life filled with hopes and dreams... She was cherished by her family, friends and all who knew her. Her death was not an "Act of God" and indeed was completely avoidable.
This young woman was Sarah Frazer. She is the inspiration behind this site and like everyone on that list, she and the others should be remembered.
United Nations World Day of Remembrance (WDR) of Road Traffic Victims
We think this is an important project, especially as we approach United Nations World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims (Sunday 20 November 2016). This project can help as we reiterate to our community that these numbers are not statistics... They represent real human loss and by letting others tell the story of their loved ones, we can help personalise this loss.
Knowing a victim's story may be the "Call to Action" our community so desperately needs.