Project EDWARD

14 Sep 2018

September the 19th sees Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network return for its third consecutive year.

Project EDWARD is a Europe-wide event backed by 30 different countries and a large number of road safety organisations including Somerset County Council’s road safety team. Its long term goal is a significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across the world and as driver behaviour is the biggest barrier to casualty reduction Project EDWARD is asking all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude.

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. To help combat this and in an effort to try and to try and 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?’
  • Take regular breaks on long journeys and never drive tired.
  • 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.

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