'Make the pledge' and support Project EDWARD
TISPOL is encouraging road users to ‘make the pledge’, after officially launching Project EDWARD on 25 May.
The first European Day Without a Road Death (Project EDWARD) takes place on Wednesday 21 September 2016, with TISPOL hoping that all of its 30 member countries will participate.
Supported by Road Safety GB, the event has been created to ‘re-energise the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads’.
The road safety pledge asks road users to promise to: ‘drive at speeds that are both legal and safe’, ‘pay particular attention when driving near schools’, ‘never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines, ‘always wear my seat belt’ and ‘not use my mobile phone while driving’.
TISPOL also hopes to use the event to encourage drivers to reflect on their behaviour and attitude, which it describes as the biggest barrier to reaching casualty reduction targets.
Aidan Reid, TISPOL president, said: “We believe Project EDWARD can make a big impact in re-energising casualty reduction across Europe. EDWARD will encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude. After all, driver behaviour remains the most important barrier to progress as we approach 2020 and its reduction targets.
“TISPOL’s target is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on Wednesday 21 September. And as we pause to reflect on how we use the roads, it is my belief that Project EDWARD can make a significant contribution towards further sizeable and sustained reductions in road death and serious injury.
“So whether you represent a national government, a private organisation, a public agency, police service, a charity, a school, college or university, or whether you simply care as an individual, please join me and make the pledge to support Project EDWARD, and do your bit to reduce risk and improve safety for the people who use our roads.”