Road death results for Project EDWARD day of action (Thursday 26 September) published by TISPOL

Published Thu, 24/10/2019 - 11:00

Road death results for Project EDWARD day of action (Thursday 26 September) published by TISPOL

28 European countries took part in this year’s European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD)
A 30 million Twitter reach was measured on EDWARD day itself

THIS YEAR’S Project EDWARD (the European Day Without A Road Death) took place across Europe on Thursday 26 September. Devised in 2016 as Project EDWARD for the European Roads Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative once again aimed to raise awareness of road safety and reduce the number of people killed every day on the roads of Europe. 

The road safety results are as follows:

28 countries actively participated

A total of 52 fatalities have been recorded

11 participating countries recorded no fatalities on 26 September

1 country (Bulgaria) participated but has not published fatality details

1 country (Austria) did not participate but has informed us not had no fatalities

The social media results are as follows (using precisely the same metrics as in the three previous years):

30 million unique reach

95.9 million potential impressions 29 August to 27 September


EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc declared:

“Today’s results from the Project EDWARD day of action show that we are still far from achieving a day without a road death on Europe’s roads and far from achieving our Vision Zero – zero fatalities and serious injuries on EU roads by 2050. But today’s results are a reminder to all of us that we need to sustain and redouble our efforts to improve road safety around Europe. Targets and awareness raising actions such as Project EDWARD are crucial tools to keep us all focused and to go even further on road safety.”


TISPOL President Volker Orben said:

“Any death on our roads is one too many. We must all commit ourselves to a future with zero road deaths. No one ever said this would be easy, but one of our priorities now must be to reach more and more people with our messages, so that any sort of offending on the road becomes socially unacceptable. 

“As long as people die on Europe’s roads, we will organise Project EDWARD days – and we will never give up using all means at our disposal to deliver Every Day Without A Road Death.

“I am therefore announcing that the 2020 Project EDWARD day of action will take place on Wednesday 16 September.” 

Fatality numbers from TISPOL member countries for Thursday 26 September (Project Edward day) are as follows:

Belgium 1

Croatia 2

Cyprus 0

Czech Republic 5

Denmark 0

Estonia 0

Finland 3 (compared with 0 in 2018)

France 9 (compared with 3 in 2018)

Germany 2 (compared with 11 in 2018)

Hungary 1

Ireland 2

Italy 3 (compared with 7 in 2018)

Latvia 0

Lithuania 0

Luxemburg 0

Malta 0

Netherlands 3

Norway 0

Poland 8

Romania 7

Serbia 1

Slovenia 0

Spain 1

Sweden 0

Switzerland 0

Turkey 1

United Kingdom 3

Bulgaria participated but has not provided any results.

Austria, a TISPOL member country, did not participate but recorded 0 road deaths on 26 September.