Making Europe’s roads safer with Project EDWARD

A Europe-wide event which aims to reduce road deaths is being backed by the road safety team at Somerset County Council.

ProjectEDWARD – European Day Without A Road Death – is organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.

Held this year on Thursday 21 September, the event is backed by 30 different countries and its long-term goal is a significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across the world.

It is a sad fact that many road users put their lives and the lives of others in danger by taking unnecessary risks when on the road. Highlighting those risky behaviours when driving, riding or walking can help to reduce the number of casualties on the roads of Somerset and beyond.

The council’s road safety team has a number of tips to help stay safe on the road:

  • Drive/ride at a speed that is safe for the road conditions – not the maximum permitted speed.
  • Always wear a seat belt – you’re twice as likely to die in a collision if you’re not wearing one!
  • Never use your mobile phone while driving/riding and avoid other distractions such as operating sat-navs or music players.
  • Don’t drive/ride under the influence of drink or drugs.
  • Keep a safe distance from other road users and increase that distance when the road conditions are bad. Remember ‘Only a fool breaks the two second rule’!
  • Remember that certain medications can make you unfit to drive/ride safely. Ask your pharmacist ‘Am I safe to drive/ride on this?’
  • Be polite and courteous to other road users. Everyone has a right to use the road so look out for one another and share the road.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Project EDWARD is a fantastic initiative to improve road safety by highlighting the dangers of risky behaviour when on or near the road.

“We can all do our bit to help reach the goal of zero road deaths, and simply following these steps means you are far more likely to reach your destination safely.”

For more information on Project EDWARD visit: https://projectedward.eu/.

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