European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD): a project to cut road deaths and serious road traffic injuries in Europe
On 21 September, the 'European Day Without A Road Death'(Project EDWARD) was launched by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), with the full support of the European Commission. The project encourages road users to think safety first while driving, walking or cycling –all road users have a part to play, and small changes can make a big difference. This is the second year of Project EDWARD and right across Europe over 100 events are taking place. A whole variety of organisations have registered road safety activities across Europe - you can find them all on the interactive map. And you can follow events online using #ProjectEDWARD and sign an online pledge to support the European Day Without a Road Death.
Although the EU's roads are the safest in the world, 70 people a day still die in road crashes and 370 people a day sustain serious life changing injuries. In fact, in the time you take to read this, one person will have been killed or seriously injured somewhere in the EU. So, on this EDWARD day, let's belt-up, slow down and make sure everyone arrives alive.
The first Project EDWARD was a great success. More than 103,000 organisations and individuals signed a road safety pledge on the TISPOL website and more than 80 road safety actions were organised across Europe - national governments, private organisations, public agencies, charities, schools, colleges and universities, as well as individuals were asked to organise these road safety events across Europe.
Dangerous behaviour is a major factor in serious road crashes. Changing driver behaviour, such as seat belt use, speeding, distracted-driving and drink-driving would save many lives. Education when combined with enforcement and engineering is the best way to cut the numbers of killed or seriously injured.
- Publication date
- 21 September 2017