European Day Without A Road Death - this year is on the 19th September 2018
26th September 2018:
Early indications are that in Sussex there were NO fatal collisions and NO serious injuries on Project EDWARD day (Figures have to be verified ). Lets hope that we can continue this and make every day a Project EDWARD day.
Have a look at the pledge below and see what action you can take to make your driving even safer.
The day seems to have gone well. There has been lots and lots of publicity for this - Tispol will release Europe wide figures for collisions on the 19th in due course. There is always time to look at the pledge and make every day a road safety day.
Today is the day that Europe comes together to influence driver behaviour and have no road deaths. Taking the PLEDGE is a really good way of showing your support and helping to keep our roads that little bit safer. Lets try and make Project EDWARD day every day. Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is supporting this project.
C/Supt Neil Honnor Susex Police - Head of Operations Department. More information for Sussex Police can be found HERE
Katy Bourne - Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). More information can be found on the PCC Website which is HERE
East Susex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) - Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker. More information can be found on the ESFRS website which is HERE
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) - Chief Fire Officer Gavin Watts. More information can be found on the WSFRS website which is HERE
Just one day to go till the European wide attempt to have a day without a road death. Remember that last year Sussex and the UK as a whole managed to achieve this. Lets hope that we can do this again tomorrow. Please look to take the pledge on the links below for tomorrow and every day.
Here are a few more topical tips to keep you and others safe on the roads:
It getting very close to Project EDWARD day now. If you havent already seen the pledge then please use the pledge link to sign up and give your support to what should be close to all of our hearts - road safety - anything we can do, together, to make the roads that little bit safer has got to be a good thing.
Over the last week or so and up until the 19th there are a series of road safety tips that we can all follow - below are the ones from last week:
I know what your going to say - Its the same old things - yes it is, but they really do make a difference and by pledging to adhere to them we all can make the roads feel that little bit safer.
Project Edward will be supported in Sussex again this year as part of our overall aim - to reduce the amount of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads.
This year sees Project Edward fall within The National Police Chiefs Council week of action for mobile phone use. Here in Sussex we will be using a combination of enforcement and educational messaging tactics.
Our enforcement will be through our Roads Policing Unit using several unmarked vehicles to patrol our strategic network of roads, looking at specific locations based on collision data and also reports that have come in via Operation Crackdown – our local anti-social driving reporting website.
Officers will be supported by high visibility patrols from our local police response teams.
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will deliver key messages around Project Edward to highlight to the public what the project is and what we are aiming to achieve – this will start to happen a couple of weeks before the day to raise awareness. Messaging around #Itcanwait will also be sent out through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Our partners in both East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are also proactively involved in the project and are looking to display posters on their vehicles.
Sussex has over 150 community speed watch groups across the county. They will all be asked to be out monitoring speeds in their local areas in support of Project Edward. We will also be looking to Facebook Live from a couple of speed watch sites during the day and also be out with an unmarked traffic vehicle.
The partnership has several Mobile Camera teams that will also be involved in the enforcement of speed limits in areas where the collision data shows that they should be present. The camera teams are able to identify other road traffic offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or mobile phone use, which where the evidence is sufficient, will seek to prosecuted.
Sgt Phil Badman, Sussex Safer Roads Partnerships Casualty Reduction Sergeant (Pictured) said: “ The partnership is always keen to support Project Edward and with our promotional work, enforcement and education we hope to make an impact. I would encourage all road users to share the road, think safety first and help to make Project Edward a success”.
Further information on what is happening in Sussex can be obtained from this blog as we add information and updates form around the county from our partners.
You can also find us on:
Facebook – Sussexsaferroads
Twitter - @sussexsrp
Here is what we are asking people so sign upto pledge wise. Of course we would really like people to fulfill this pledge every day so that it becomes the normal and helps to reduce the risk on the roads.
MY ROAD SAFETY PLEDGE
I Promise That I Will:
- Remind my family, friends and colleagues to take extra care on the roads.
- Put my lights on for safety.
- Drive as safely as I can and follow the rules when behind the wheel or riding a motorbike or bicycle.
- Be extra vigilant and attentive to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, children, older people and horse riders.
- Drive at speeds that are both legal and safe.
- Carry out proper safety checks on my tyres.
- Pay particular attention when driving near schools, and where there are lots of children.
- Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines that could impair safety.
- Look as far ahead as possible and not tailgate other drivers
- Always wear my seat belt and ensure that everyone with me wears theirs.
- Not use my mobile phone while driving.
- Ensuring I am not distracted by anything inside or outside the car, or inside my head.
- Set a good example to my passengers by driving calmly and safely.
- If I’m a passenger, make sure that the driver is fit and legal to drive
Dont forget, if you do witness bad driving, people using their phones whilst driving etc etc in Sussex you can report them to Operation Crackdown - who in the first instance can look to send and educational warning type letter to the owner of the vehicle concerned. If you have dashcam footage of the offence the team can also look to consider prosecution. a link to Operation Crackdown is here. Please give your support and help to keep our roads that little bit safter.