Project EDWARD comes to Essex

Project Edward

SERP is today (21 Sept) supporting Project EDWARD 2017 with more than a dozen road safety-related events being staged across the county.

Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death) looks to encourage drivers, riders and pedestrians to spare an extra thought for their safety.

The awareness-raising event first ran in September 2016 to ‘re-energise the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads’ – by drawing attention to the 70 deaths that occur on average each day on Europe’s roads.

Project Edward 2017 logoIt was was conceived by TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network – whose work focuses on pan-European activity to make roads safer.

TISPOL’s long-term aim is to use Project EDWARD to spearhead significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across the world.

The events being staged across Essex range from young driver activities to pedestrian training, Bikeability cycle training, community speed watch and a ‘surround a town’ event in Chelmsford.

‘Surround a town’ will see Essex Police and road safety officers interact with offending motorists at various sites around the town. Further to that, Essex County Fire and Rescue will be providing information to members of the public in the town centre.

The other towns where events are being staged include Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Rochford, Maldon and Epping.

SERP is also inviting schools to take part in a road safety poetry competition, looking for poems (max 200 words) relating to issues such as walking to school, driving, being a passenger, horse riding and cycling.

Road users across Essex can also show their support by signing the Project EDWARD road safety pledge.

Nicola Foster, chairman of SERP, said:

“ The Safer Essex Roads Partnership works hard every day to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the roads of Essex.

“SERP is proud to support Project Edward to help draw attention to the unacceptability of the number of injuries caused by road crashes. We ask everyone who uses the road to think about the responsibility that they have to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Click here for more information on the events taking place in Essex.

21 September 2017

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