From 17 to 20 November, the Mission in co-operation with the College of Applied Technical Sciences “Tempulli” and Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA) association, supported the Kosovo Police to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR), which consisted of various activities such as presentation in a range of media , blood donation , TV spot airing and the regional conference held on 20 November.
The conference in support of the WDR, organized on the third Sunday of November each year to remember those who were killed and injured on the roads of the world, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected; brought together representatives of local, central and international institutions, organizations and academia. The conference highlighted the importance of co-operation and co-ordinating activities in order to achieve the desired goal of zero accidents on the streets of Kosovo.
Additionally, complemented by the stories of two youngsters, survivors of the car accidents caused by the same contributing factors that were covered through the traffic safety awareness raising brochure supported by the Mission; the event served as an wake-up call, as they pointed out that there are human beings behind the police statistics, and that road deaths and injuries are traumatic events whose impact is long-lasting, and often permanent. Furthermore, apart from discussions on police activities aimed at preventing road traffic accidents and the role of government and non-government organizations in traffic safety, the conference also covered the vital post-crash actions such as medical care, investigation and justice, which according to participants are not of the desired quality. At the conclusion, participants of the conference and some residents marched through the main square of Prishtinë/Priština centre, where besides commemorating they protested and called for a civilized and responsive behaviour in traffic of all road participants.