Project EDWARD aims to make Europe’s roads safer

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

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

Held this year on Thursday 26th 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 the consequences of these actions 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 have come up with several tips to help stay safe on the road:

  • Travel at a speed that is safe for the road conditions; the maximum permitted speed is not always safe.
  • Always wear a seatbelt – you’re twice as likely to die in a collision if you’re not wearing one.
  • Never use your mobile while driving/riding and avoid other distractions such as satnavs or background music.
  • Don’t drive/ride under the influence of drink or drugs.
  • Keep a safe distance from other road users and increase that distance further when road conditions are poor.
  • 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.

Councillor 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/.

Please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org for all the information you need on how to stay safe on the roads. You can also find Somerset Road Safety on Facebook (www.facebook.com/somersetroadsafety,) Twitter (www.twitter.com/SCC_RoadSafety,) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/somersetroadsafety.)