ROADPOL Safety Days

The ROADPOL Safety Days (previously known as Project EDWARD), organised by the network of European traffic police (ROADPOL, previously TISPOL), provide activities and events that raise awareness of risks road users may encounter, and that promote safe behaviour and the respect of traffic rules.

ROADPOL Safety Days key message is: if each road user makes small changes to reduce their own risk and their risk to other road users, then together we can make big improvements. The ultimate objective is to eliminate the number of people killed every day on Europe's roads.

This year, the campaign's day of action took place on Wednesday 16 September, and from now on, the ROADPOL Safety Days will take place every year from 16 to 22 September, alongside EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

To learn more about ROADPOL Safety Days, click here.

Results of the 2020 campaign

This year 26 countries participated in the ROADPOL Safety Days campaign, of which 16 achieved the goal of zero fatalities on 17 September: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Portugal. Sadly, this was not the case everywhere – overall, 34 people lost their lives in a road crash on 17 September in the 26 participating countries, which is however well below the European average of 70 fatalities per day (*).

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, participation in the campaign was high: according to ROADPOL, 336 events took place in 18 countries during the campaign week. Activities varied from additional roadside checks to awareness-raising initiatives, such as vehicle turnover simulations, exhibitions and debates.

Some 667 people signed ROADPOL’s road safety pledge to show their support. New partners in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia joined the project, as well as the Dubai Police! All signed up to the slogan ‘Stay alive and save lives’, which could be seen in many places and in many languages in Europe and beyond.

The European Commission supports the ROADPOL Safety Days and took part in the campaign activities – Matthew Baldwin, European Coordinator for Road Safety, participated in the campaign’s kick-off event and a DG MOVE delegation witnessed a roadside check carried out by the Belgian traffic police.

To see all results by country, click here.

(*) Please note that the 26 participating countries also include some non-EU countries, see full list on the ROADPOL website.