Last year, 354 people died on Massachusetts roads.
In Boston alone, about 20 people die every year in traffic crashes, according to city data.
Safe streets advocates are calling for officials to do more to reduce the human toll of traffic crashes. In a vigil held Sunday to call attention to the victims of traffic crashes, participants placed hundreds of yellow roses and white cardboard silouhettes on the steps of the State House to offer a tangible representation of the lives lost.
The vigil was one of many held across the globe on World Remembrance Day.
"Each cut-out represents a person who was killed," Andrew McFarland, of Livable Streets Alliance, said.
Silhouettes pepper Boston streets to call attention to the locations of fatal crashes. One silhouette was placed beside a Washington Street crosswalk in Roslindale in memory of Silvia Acosta, a 78-year-old woman who was killed trying to cross the street.
They are meant as symbols to remember those who have lost their lives, and also to inspire change, Rebecca Wolfson, executive director of the Boston Cyclists Union, said.
“Since our first World Day of Remembrance last year, some progress has been made in the Boston area,” she said. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen an increase in traffic fatalities this year over 2015. We need a commitment from all of our elected officials in order to eliminate traffic fatalities.”
That progress is the city's commitment to a future with zero traffic-related deaths. The program, called Vision Zero, is a promise to eliminate — or at least dramatically reduce — the number of traffic fatalities on city streets by 2030.
Boston sees 1,300 traffic incidents a year requiring emergency medical services.
"While only a handful of these crashes are fatal, every tragedy leaves a trail of grieving family and friends, and the despair of unfulfilled potential. As mayor, I see the real people behind these statistics; I share the grief, pain, and sense of loss that every crash report represents," Mayor Marty Walsh said in a news release.