East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has marked Project Edward as part of ongoing efforts to make our roads safer.
Project Edward - “European Day Without a Road Death” – is run by TISPOL, the European-wide Traffic Police network. It's target is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on 21 September each year. It believes that changing people's behaviour is key to making roads safer and asks that people sign up to its pledge.
In Brighton, Preston Circus Community Fire Station opened its doors to speak to members of the public about road safety.
At Plumpton College, there were demonstrations about how difficult it can be for drivers of HGVs to see cyclists. Students were given the chance to experience what it is like for drivers. We also attended Freshers Week at Sussex University to speak to new students there.
Wealden Roads Watch Team, which includes staff and volunteers from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, spent time at six different sites: the A22 at Forest Row and Lower Dicker, the A275 at Danehill, the B2124 at Laughton and B2247 at Polegate.
They were looking for drivers who were breaking the law speeding, failing to wear seatbelts, illegally using mobiles or who had unsafe loads. As a result of the group’s work, thirty nine motorists were reported to Operation Crackdown which tackles anti-social driving, including six for failing to wear seatbelts and the rest for exceeding the speed limit significantly. Project Edward - My road safety pledge
I promise that I will:
• Remind my family, friends and colleagues to take extra care on the roads.
• Put my lights on for safety.
• Drive as safely as I can and follow the rules when behind the wheel or riding a motorbike or bicycle.
• Be extra vigilant and attentive to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, children, older people and horse riders.
• Drive at speeds that are both legal and safe.
• Carry out proper safety checks on my tyres.
• Pay particular attention when driving near schools, and where there are lots of children.
• Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs/medicines that could impair safety.
• Look as far ahead as possible and not tailgate other drivers
• Always wear my seat belt and ensure that everyone with me wears theirs.
• Not use my mobile phone while driving.
• Ensuring I am not distracted by anything inside or outside the car, or inside my head.
• Set a good example to my passengers by driving calmly and safely.
Sign the pledge and find out more about Project EDWARD: https://projectedward.eu/pledge/