Special service to remember those killed on Dorset's roads

Special service to remember those killed on Dorset's roads

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:57am 11th September 2019.

People who've been killed or injured on Dorset's roads will be remembered at a new public event later this month.

The service is for everyone across Dorset and it's taking place at Wimborne Minster on Saturday 21st September.

It will also pay tribute to the work of the emergency services in dealing with traffic accidents.

Dorset Council and Police service heads will be joining together to remember all those who have been killed or injured on the county's roads.

Drink Drive RTA Police

The service is being led by the Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham and Dorset Police chaplains.

Revd Gorham says since moving to Dorset, she's become more and more aware of how dangerous rural driving can be.

"I drive probably around 10,000 miles a year around the Dorset roads and I'm just aware every time I go out, it's there by the grace of God really because so much can happen on our roads - particularly rural roads."

She added:

"Since living in Dorset I have been aware of the dangers of our road system and the number of accidents and fatalities there are year on year. 

"I know many people are affected by road traffic accidents be they relatively minor or severe, including the families and friends of those involved."

Road closed Police

The Service will also be the culmination of a week raising awareness of road safety led by Dorset Police.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, who will be attending said: 

"People who die or who sustain life changing injuries in road traffic accidents are not statistics - we need to remember that there are friends, family and perhaps children who will also be affected.

"This will be a truly special service and I would encourage anyone who has been affected by a road accident to attend, regardless of what their religious beliefs are - or even whether or not they have any.

"It will also enable us to give thanks to police officers and members of other blue light services who attend road traffic accidents and oversee road safety. These people often have to deal with incredibly traumatic incidents and it is right that we recognise the difficult but essential work that they do."