Many people will never have heard of Project EDWARD or even TISPOL, the organisation that sponsors it. Yet this initiative could save your life.
TISPOL is committed to reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe’s roads. Its activities are guided by research, intelligence, information and experience, to produce measurable results that contribute to reducing casualties and making roads safer.
Delivered across most of Europe, from its headquarters in the United Kingdom, TISPOL’s work is part-financed by the European Commission.
Recently they’ve spent time reflecting on recent results which paint a very mixed picture of progress in reducing deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. For the first few years of this decade, countries across the EU have been highly successful in pursuing the 2020 50% reduction target. But the arrival of a second successive year of disappointing news shows that this downward trend has stagnated.
They feel that we need to speed up our efforts and one initiative they believe can make a big impact is the European Day Without A Road Death – Project EDWARD for short. EDWARD will encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude.
TISPOL’s target is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on Wednesday 19 September. They believe that Project EDWARD can make a significant contribution towards further sizeable and sustained reductions in road death and serious injury.
How can you help to reduce risk and improve safety for the people who use our roads? Why not make the pledge to support Project EDWARD and let everyone know you care about improving road safety and reducing the number of deaths on our roads.
Find out more and sign your pledge at Project EDWARD
The Project EDWARD pledge:
I promise that I will:
- Remind my family, friends and colleagues to take extra care on the roads.
- Put my lights on for safety.
- Drive as safely as I can and follow the rules when behind the wheel or riding a motorbike or bicycle.
- Be extra vigilant and attentive to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, children, older people and horse riders.
- Drive at speeds that are both legal and safe.
- Carry out proper safety checks on my tyres.
- Pay particular attention when driving near schools, and where there are lots of children.
- Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines that could impair safety.
- Look as far ahead as possible and not tailgate other drivers
- Always wear my seat belt and ensure that everyone with me wears theirs.
- Not use my mobile phone while driving.
- Ensure I am not distracted by anything inside or outside the car, or inside my head.
- Set a good example to my passengers by driving calmly and safely.
- If I’m a passenger, make sure that the driver is fit and legal to drive