Call for zero road deaths in Europe today

September 21, 2016

An ambitious bid for Europe to go for a single day with no road deaths takes place today (Wednesday). Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death) is the brainchild of TISPOL, the network of European traffic police, which is urging all road users to take extra care from today onwards. In 2014, the last year for which figures are available, 25,900 people died in road accidents and for every death there were an estimated four permanently disabling injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord, eight serious injuries and 50 minor injuries. Despite this, Europe has the lowest road fatality rate in the world and initiatives such as improved vehicle design, road improvements and driver safety campaigns have saved tens of thousands of lives over the past few decades. For example, in 1991 76,200 people died on the roads in Europe. However, campaigners have raised concerns that in some countries fatalities have started increasing and they are calling on all road users to sign a pledge to help improve road safety and keep reducing the road death toll.




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