In 2017, for the second year in a row, project EDWARD – the European Day without a Road Death will take place on 21 September during the European Mobility Week.
The objective of this initiative, launched by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and supported by the European Commission, is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on 21 September. In the days leading up to EDWARD, we want all road users to think – even for just a few minutes – about the risks they face, the risks they may pose to others and how they can go about reducing those risks. We believe that EDWARD can make a significant contribution towards further reducing road deaths and serious road traffic injuries.
Whether you represent a national government, a private organisation, a public agency, a charity, a school, college or university, or whether you simply care as an individual, please join us and organise Road Safety Days across Europe and register them on roadsafetydays.eu. Furthermore, you can make a commitment by signing a pledge on projectedward.eu, sending a video message and being part of the social media campaign (#ProjectEDWARD).
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, including information and awareness-raising activities in schools and companies, workshops, conferences and competitions. In addition, the #ProjectEDWARD and #seatbeltselfie social media campaign reached more than 19 million people. According to TISPOL’s statistics, there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries on 21 September 2016. This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015. 19 countries recorded zero fatalities. While 7 other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015, and 3 countries recorded an increase in fatalities.
We encourage you to join project EDWARD this year on 21 September, and more largely during the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September.