Project Edward will be supported in Sussex again this year as part of our overall aim – to reduce the amount of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads.
This year sees Project Edward fall within The National Police Chiefs Council week of action for mobile phone use. Here in Sussex we will be using a combination of enforcement and educational messaging tactics.
Our enforcement will be through our Roads Policing Unit using several unmarked vehicles to patrol our strategic network of roads, looking at specific locations based on collision data and also reports that have come in via Operation Crackdown – our local anti-social driving reporting website.
Officers will be supported by high visibility patrols from our local police response teams.
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will deliver key messages around Project Edward to highlight to the public what the project is and what we are aiming to achieve – this will start to happen a couple of weeks before the day to raise awareness. Messaging around #Itcanwait will also be sent out through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Our partners in both East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are also proactively involved in the project and are looking to display posters on their vehicles.
Sussex has over 150 community speed watch groups across the county. They will all be asked to be out monitoring speeds in their local areas in support of Project Edward. We will also be looking to Facebook Live from a couple of speed watch sites during the day and also be out with an unmarked traffic vehicle.
The partnership has several Mobile Camera teams that will also be involved in the enforcement of speed limits in areas where the collision data shows that they should be present. The camera teams are able to identify other road traffic offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or mobile phone use, which where the evidence is sufficient, will seek to prosecuted.
Sgt Phil Badman, Sussex Safer Roads Partnerships Casualty Reduction Sergeant said: “ The partnership is always keen to support Project Edward and with our promotional work, enforcement and education we hope to make an impact. I would encourage all road users to share the road, think safety first and help to make Project Edward a success”
To support this day and the work carried out by Sussex and Surrey Police, East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, and local authorities, members of the public can sign up to the pledge, committing to become a better driver and encouraging friends and family to do the same and make our roads that little bit safer for all, follow the link here:https://projectedward.eu/pledge/.