TISPOL has released results from the first European Day Without A Road Death (EDWARD).
Project EDWARD Day took place on 21 September, with the aim of raising awareness of road safety issues – and a target to go a day without a single death on Europe’s roads.
The results showed there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries. This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015, a reduction of almost 39 per cent. Nineteen countries recorded zero fatalities, compared with 11 countries in 2015.
Commenting on the results, new TISPOL President Paolo Cestra said: “When we launched Project EDWARD, we accepted that it would be incredibly difficult to achieve a day without a road death across Europe. But we believe these results show that when everyone works together towards such a worthwhile goal, we can make a big difference. We thank everyone who signed the pledge, who shared our information messages and who made one or two small differences in the way they use the road. Any small individual action counts in helping to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of Europe.
“We understand that many factors impact on fatality figures on any particular day, so we cannot state what direct impact Project EDWARD had. But we believe Project EDWARD has delivered fantastic results in terms of revitalising Europe-wide collaboration and participation, as well as sharing simple road safety messages far and wide.”
Click here to visit the TISPOL website for additional results and more information about Project EDWARD.