Sunday, November 17, is the International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Oregon\Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets has observed this day--designated by the United Nations--for several years with vigils, marches, and speeches.
For example, in 2016 they collected shoes to represent each one of more than 400 people in Oregon killed in traffic crashes.
This year the May Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly are co-sponsoring a proclamation making it an official observance in the City of Portland. Mayor Wheeler will read the proclamation on Wednesday, November 13, at 9:45 am in the council chambers at City Hall.
As of November 4th, 42 people have died in traffic crashes in Portland in 2019.
Families for Safe Streets is a national network of chapters comprised of people who have lost friends and loved ones in traffic crashes. They advocate for action that will spare others the tragedy they endure. The Street Trust provides support to the Oregon\SW Washington Chapter.
The Street Trust assisted Families for Safe Streets to lobby for two bills introduced in the 2019 state legislative session. Member Darla Sturdy worked tirelessly to pass a bill requiring a committee to review crashes involving TriMet vehicles. Sturdy’s son was killed by a MAX train in Gresham in 2003. We also introduced a bill that would require a test for driver’s license renewal. It did not pass out of committee, but we hope we laid a foundation for bringing it back in 2021.