brussels - On the European Day without Traffic Death, sixteen of the 31 participating countries left no one in traffic this year. A successful result, according to the European Commission. There were 43 victims, as much as last year, according to figures from the European Traffic Police Network on 'project EDWARD'. By 2015 there were seventy.
The day took place on September 21st for the third time and was accompanied by a big campaign. Countries like Belgium, Portugal and Spain could keep this figure at zero this year. In the Netherlands there was one traffic victim on that day. In Poland it was the most (ten) followed by Greece and Romania (six).
EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc mentions the goal of the project 'extremely ambitious. 'According to her, the decline shows that awareness, education and enforcement of traffic rules make Europe's roads much safer. The number of road deaths in the EU dropped by 2 percent to 25,500 last year.