San Antonio Shines a Light on World Day of Remembrance – The City of San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO (November 18, 2022) – The City of San Antonio and Vision Zero San Antonio (VZSA) will mark World Day of Remembrance with a nighttime illumination at the City’s Public Safety headquarters. The public safety beacon tower at Unity Plaza will be bathed in yellow light in honor of those who have lost their lives in traffic accidents.

“The yellow light of the beacon represents the flame of a candle, lit as a memorial to the victims and their families of road violence,” said Tomika Monterville, director of the San Antonio Department of Transportation. “We recognize that one death is too many.

The United Nations has chosen the third week of each year as a day to recognize the suffering and victims of road accidents and seek solutions. In San Antonio, friends and family members will remember loved ones while communicating the importance of preventing future deaths.

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This year, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is joining VZSA in marking the day by lighting up its hospital’s “fin,” which is located next to the Spirit of Healing mural. The fin is 12 stories tall and will be illuminated in yellow, visible from Milam Park.

“Making sure the children you love are buckled into a car seat at all times during all rides is critical to keeping your little ones out of harm’s way,” said Dr. Jandy Haug, Associate Medical director of trauma at Children’s Hospital in San. Antonio. “This commitment to their safety can save a child’s life.” We ask that families make sure they know the right car seats for all the different stages of childhood. We encourage you to use them for every ride, every time.”

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San Antonio police reported more than 41,000 crashes within city limits in 2022, with 184 fatalities. When it comes to our most vulnerable road users, 64 pedestrians and 9 cyclists have lost their lives so far this year. SAPD and Vision Zero SA are asking drivers to be careful, especially at night.

“Pedestrians and cyclists must remain alert and aware of their surroundings when crossing busy streets. We remain committed to finding creative solutions to make our streets safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians,” Monterville added. “Our goal is zero deaths; zero serious injuries.”


To highlight the day, Vision Zero San Antonio and the Department of Transportation are highlighting several safety projects, including:

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  • A three-month safety and education campaign along Culebra Road – one of the city’s most dangerous corridors for pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
  • Educating kindergarten through high school students about the importance of safety behind the wheel and while on foot through the National Walk, Bike and Roll to School Day and San Antonio Municipal Court Week.

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