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RoadPeace exhibition launched
An exhibition portraying the human misery road crashes cause is currently showing at the People's Museum in Manchester.
The No Accident exhibition, put together by RoadPeace, examines the impact on society of increasing traffic and reliance on road transport.
A Death Clock presents statistics about the number of deaths and gives a real-time count as the figure rises.
Victims are remembered through visual and audio depictions of their lives. Exhibits featuring graphics and timelines emphasise lives cut unnecessarily short by road crashes. Tributes to the dead delivered through a 'phone exhibit' bring home the fact that impersonal statistics actually represent thousands of shattered lives.
Granite-like memorial boards bear the faintly discernable names of the dead in an exhibit that is designed to reflect the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC.
"Road traffic and transport is a social necessity, but it is also good to take time to reflect on the dangers it poses and the need for us all to behave carefully and responsibly," said councillor Neil Swannick, Manchester City Council's executive member for planning and environment. "We are trying very hard in Manchester to reduce the number of casualties on our roads, but as the number of vehicles increases year on year, so does the conflict between the various groups of road users - we have to find a way to accommodate everyone's needs as safely as possible."
The exhibition is open until the 9 December.
For further information contact: Nicola.Jones@urbanvision.org.uk