Prince Michael International Road Safety award for Project EDWARD

Published Tue, 11/12/2018 - 17:48

London, 11 December

TISPOL representatives were at the Savoy Hotel in London today to receive a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for Project EDWARD. At the Awards Luncheon Ceremony in London, attended by a number of international leading road safety professionals, HRH Prince Michael acknowledged the outstanding commitment Project EDWARD has made to raising awareness of road safety across Europe, and presented the  TISPOL team (left to right in picture: Aidan Reid, Paolo Cestra and James Luckhurst) with his award. 

After the event, TISPOL President Paolo Cestra said: “I am grateful to HRH Prince Michael and the judges for this award which will help us raise the profile of Project EDWARD and expand our opportunity to make a difference to road safety in. Europe and beyond .”

TISPOL acting General Secretary and former President Aidan Reid said:  “We are of course proud that the fantastic good practice and effective partnership working demonstrated by Project EDWARD  should be honoured with a Prince Michael Award. It's an initiative that truly showcases good practice in working together and raising awareness. 

"But we must remember that there is so much that still needs to be done. Only last week, a report from the World Health Organisation revealed that road crashes are now the leading killer of children and young adults (aged 5-29 years) globally. Road crashes are now the eighth leading cause of death globally, surpassing HIV/AIDS and TB. 

"Of course, Project EDWARD cannot claim to be the solution. But along with our year-round enforcement and engagement efforts, it can make a significant contribution to road safety. We are committed to working with partners to deliver solutions that can work, as well as being bold to explore new ways of tackling what we all agree is a wholly preventable loss of life."

TISPOL media adviser James Luckhurst, who created Project EDWARD, said: "We are very grateful to those organisations who generously support Project EDWARD and have helped us deliver worthwhile awareness-raising initiatives over the past three years.

In particular, our thanks go to:

  • GEM Motoring Assist, who were willing to believe in the concept right from the start 
  • Road Safety Support, for their ongoing guidance and great ideas
  • Westcotec, for their loyalty and enthusiasm for embracing the concept Michelin, for helping us take Project EDWARD to a new level of engagement
  • Ireland's Road Safety Authority, for their willingness to pick up the baton in delivering Project EDWARD 2019