Gwent Police is joining forces from across the UK in participating in an operation to reduce the number of fatalities on roads across Europe.
‘Project EDWARD’ – which stands for ‘Every Day Without ARoad Death’ – is a European traffic information system police (TISPOL) operation at reducing road deaths and this year’s theme is around driving for work.
In line with the theme for 2020, Gwent Police officers will be engaging with communities and highlighting the risks of the road particularly as more and more vehicles return to routes.
The force will also remind motorists about the ‘fatal five’ - don’t drink and drug drive; kill your speed; don’t get careless; belt up and switch it off – and will reinforce this message during the operation, which runs from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert is a road safety lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. He said: “The odds of being involved in a collision resulting in injury or death while driving for work are about 1 in 500.
“With thousands of work-related journeys taking place in Gwent every day the sad reality is that our emergency services are dealing with these incidents on a regular basis. All of them could have been avoided.
“Now, more than ever, we need to do our part to stay safe and keep the emergency services available for those who need them most, so please take extra care and stay safe on the roads.”
As part of the awareness week, which will involve awareness and enforcement activities at locations across the force area, Gwent Police will be working with several partners to promote road safety including HMRC, VOSA and GoSafe.
The partner organisations will be looking at issues such as speeding, vehicle maintenance, driver fatigue, overloading vehicles, driver behaviour and towing for work throughout the week.
Further information on ‘Project EDWARD’ can be found here.
The APCC Road Safety and Roads Policing Portfolio has launched a national public engagement survey, designed to understand public perception on roads safety end enforcement.
The 60-second survey has opened today and will be live until Wednesday 30 September at 5pm. The survey can be found here – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apccsaferoads.