Mongolia is observing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims for the third year from November 13 to 17.
The World Health Organization and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration encourage governments and NGOs worldwide to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, endorsed as a global advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention by the United Nations on October 26, 2005. This day is observed on every third Sunday of November each year, and this year, it will occur on November 20.
The theme for 2016 is “Vital Post-Crash Actions: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice!” and aims to turn the global remembrance into a global action for the next decade. To date, two African, eight Asian, six Europe, one North American, three South American and one country from Oceania have planned events for the world day to remember the many millions killed and injured on roads worldwide, together with their families, friends and many others who were affected.
This year, there have been 71,003 road and traffic accidents in Ulaanbaatar as of October, according to the Ulaanbaatar Traffic Police Department. This is 7.2 percent higher than that recorded in 2015. In relation to increasing population density and traffic concentration, 799 violations of traffic safety rules have been recorded in Ulaanbaatar.
Overall, violations of traffic safety rules have declined by 13 percent nationwide, 14.5 percent in Ulaanbaatar and by 11.3 percent in remote areas since last year, according to the police.
Statistics show that traffic accidents caused 418 deaths and 1,082 injuries since January 2016. Nearly 60 percent of these road collisions were recorded outside of the capital. Road collisions killed 48 children and injured 199 this year alone in Mongolia.