21st Oct, 2020

West Mercia Police backing Project EDWARD to reduce the number of road deaths

WEST MERCIA Police and other agencies are supporting a national campaign to reduce the number of road deaths.

Project EDWARD – ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ – has been taking place this week.

The annual campaign is now in its fifth year and in 2020 is drawing attention to those who drive to work.

Government figures show that in 2018 there were approximately 42,000 road deaths and injuries involving someone who was driving for work at the time.

However, it is rarely the driver who is the casualty. 82 per cent of those deaths and injuries were other road users, often vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Project EDWARD’s key message is that if each road user makes small changes to reduce their own risk and to other road users, then together big improvements can be made.

The ultimate objective is to eliminate the number of people killed every day on the roads of Europe – not just the day of Project EDWARD.

Reducing road collisions and road casualties remains a year-round priority for West Mercia Police force.

Project EDWARD supports this commitment by encouraging every road user to take a moment this Wednesday to reflect on their attitudes and behaviour and think about their safety on the roads – whether they’re drivers, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones for West Mercia Police said: “Unfortunately there are families within West Mercia that know far too well the devastating consequences that a collision can lead to. One death on our roads is simply one too many.

“Roads policing is a 24/7 commitment for our force but supporting this campaign with local activities and increased enforcement is an important way of highlighting the issues that police officers see on our roads on a daily basis.

“Targeted police enforcement is taking place on high harm routes across the region during the whole week to proactively educate and enforce road safety issues such as speeding, seatbelt use, mobile phones, drink driving and drug driving”.

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said, “I welcome this latest initiative that seeks to reduce the harm caused by road traffic collisions. Too many people are being killed or seriously injured on West Mercia’s roads, leaving families and loved ones devastated.”

“I am committed to making West Mercia’s roads safer through investment in policing, education and training and will continue to work with partners to make our roads safer, and ultimately reduce the number of road deaths.”

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