SERP launches Project EDWARD schools’ poem competition

Project Edward

Ahead of this year’s Project EDWARD (21 Sept), the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is inviting schools to take part in a road safety poetry competition.

The competition – which is open to all schools in Essex, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea – aims to raise awareness of Project EDWARD while at the same time as promoting road safety messages.

Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death) 2017 takes place on 21 September and looks to encourage drivers, riders and pedestrians to spare an extra thought for their safety.

Project Edward 2017 logoThe 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.

It 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.

SERP has begun a countdown to the 2017 event and is urging everyone in Essex to make the Project EDWARD pledge.

Under the poem competition, SERP is inviting schools to submit the best poem written by one of their pupils – one entry only from each school. The winner will receive an iPad with two runners-up each picking up a Kindle Fire.

Poems can be in any form but must be a maximum of 200 words in length and relate to road safety (walking to school, driving, being a passenger, horse riding and cycling).


There one was a young man from Harwich
Who kept a fast car in his garage
He crashed with a tree
Which smashed up his knee
And even put strain on his marriage

Poems will be judged by members of our partnership including Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

All entries to be sent to SERP, via email, by the 29 September – with winners to be announced on the 30 October.

08 September 2017

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