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Join us for the 2023 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – November 19

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education, the Highway Safety Research Center, the Injury Prevention Research Center, and the NC Families for Safe Streets are partnering to host the 2023 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

This year’s theme is Safe Streets for People.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Location:  North Carolina State Capitol grounds (1 E Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601, Morgan St. side)

Shoe memorial: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Press Event: 11:00 am


  • Sylvia Wiggins
    • Great Aunt of Samantha Briggs (12 years old) who was hit and killed while crossing the street in November 2022
  • Allison Simpson
    • Wife of Matt Simpson, who was hit and killed while biking in July 2022
  • Debra Franklin
    • Board Member of Bike Walk NC
  • Tracy Russ
    • Chapter leader, NC Families for Safe Streets

The WDoR Memorial features pairs of shoes which represent the 1,784 people killed on North Carolina roads in 2022 (Source: NCDOT Crash Facts).

If you are interested in partnering for this event or have any questions, please contact Tracy Russ at

World Day of Remembrance



Every year, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims calls attention to the suffering and heartache felt by millions as a result of preventable traffic violence. Hundreds of events honoring the lives lost are hosted all over the world.
The World Day of Remembrance is the third Sunday of November.
Every year, NC Vision Zero and the NC Families for Safe Streets hosts a shoe memorial to honor the lives lost on North Carolina roads.

world day of remembrance

Visitors to the exhibit can place a yellow paper flower on a pair of shoes to remember someone that they lost to a crash.

See more images from past events in our gallery.
What will happen with the shoes after the World Day of Remembrance exhibit?
The shoes will be used for many years, travel all over North Carolina, and appear at various traffic safety events. For example, we will use a portion of them for our upcoming Visionaries teen driver program–to represent the number of teen driver fatalities.
If there is ever a day when we decide to stop using the shoes, we will donate the shoes that are still wearable.
For more information, contact



Secure Your Load

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A motorist in Charlotte stopped on the highway to avoid hitting carpet padding that had fallen from another vehicle. The stopped car was struck from behind, causing the vehicle to hit the concrete barrier and catch on fire. Four passengers were injured and the driver was killed.

In Nash County, a motorist swerved to avoid a wooden pallet in the roadway, ran off the road, and overcorrected. The vehicle overturned several times and the crash killed the driver.


Click here for a brochure of NCDOT’s recommendations.


On the road, any debris or flying objects can pose a danger to motorists. Between 2012 and 2016, there have been 2,595 crashes from unsecured loads – resulting in 705 injuries and 14 fatalities in our state. To raise awareness about this issue and prevent crashes resulting from loose items, Governor Roy Cooper has declared June 6 “Secure Your Load Day” for North Carolina. This is an effort to make sure all vehicles are properly loaded and our roads are clean of dangerous debris.

Data for unsecured load crashes

Secure Your Load

  1. Make sure everything in your vehicle is tied down. Use straps, twine, bungee cords, netting or rope. Be sure to tie larger items directly to your vehicle.
  2. Keep your items covered with tarps, nets or covers to keep smaller items from flying out.
  3. Don’t overload your vehicle. Your vehicle’s load shouldn’t go above the level of your truck or trailer and all items should be covered to keep them stable.


North Carolina law requires that all materials being transported in a motor vehicle are securely tied down. Failure to properly secure items can result in a $2,000 fine and a point on your driver’s license.

If you are carrying loose items, take the time to properly secure your load.


Mattress falls off truck, secure your load