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Learn2Live road safety partnership promotes #ProjectEDWARD

Photo of Learn2Live team in ExeterLearn2Live team mark #ProjectEDWARD

Posted on: 26 September 2019

The Learn2Live road safety partnership has been in Exeter city centre promoting European Day Without A Road Death, #ProjectEDWARD.

The partnership, made up of road safety teams from Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue, Devon County Council and Highways England, were in Princesshay to raise awareness of the initiative.

It’s the fourth year of European Day Without a Road Death (#ProjectEDWARD) – where road users are encouraged to think about their own safety and the safety of other road users.

Photo of crashed carThe Learn2Live team displayed the wreckage of a crashed vehicle to highlight the consequences of a road collision. Staff took the opportunity to chat face to face with members of the public in the busy shopping centre and share their knowledge of how to keep safe on the region’s roads.

Around 70 people die on the roads of Europe every day. Through #ProjectEDWARD, everyone is invited to sign the pledge at projectedward.org and we are all being reminded to:

• Be aware of others using the road.
• Slow down.
• Don’t drive if you have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
• Don’t use your phone while driving.
• Be particularly mindful of pedestrians, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and other more vulnerable road users.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We all want roads to be as safe as possible and the #ProjectEDWARD initiative is encouraging all of us to assess our own behaviour and attitudes when travelling on our road network. It’s possible for everyone to reduce risk to themselves and others by driving at safe and legal speeds, wearing seatbelts, and paying particular attention when near schools or other areas where there are children – all of these things can help to reduce deaths on our roads. It’s also a timely reminder at this time of year with the arrival of autumn, when driving conditions are affected by wet weather and the evenings drawing in, so please take extra care.”

#ProjectEDWARD is an initiative of TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.

For more information visit the Project Edward website.

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