Police forces unite to tackle speeding,
the biggest cause of road danger

15.09.2021

Roads policing officers across the UK, who witness the five people killed and the 60 people seriously injured every day on our roads, are joining forces today to highlight the human cost of excessive speed.

All 43 police forces in England and Wales, as well as Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, are taking part in the 24-hour National Safe Speeds Day, to encourage compliance with speed limits.

The operation is taking place during the Project EDWARD (Every Day Without a Road Death) campaign, which is running between September 13 to 17.

Project EDWARD is backed by government, the emergency services, highways agencies, road safety organisations and British businesses and promotes an evidence-led, ‘safe system’ approach – the long-term objective of which is a road traffic system free from death and serious injury.

Speed is a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner, of Sussex Police, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) roads policing lead said: “I am fully supportive of this first National Safe Speeds Day and I welcome the efforts by members of the Project EDWARD team to highlight the benefits for all road users of understanding and choosing speeds that are legal and safe.

“For a 24-hour period starting at 0700 on Wednesday 15 September police officers all over the UK will step up their efforts to encourage compliance with speed limits, because we know lower speeds mean fewer road deaths.”

Det Chief Supt Andy Cox, the national lead for fatal collision investigation, reporting to NPCC, said: "I am very pleased Project EDWARD is leading on such a positive campaign and has an enhanced and dedicated focus to tackling speeding. Speeding remains the biggest cause of road danger and is a primary contributory factor in fatal and serious collisions and as such should be the number one focus for traffic enforcement.  

"People must drive within the speed limit and by doing so they dramatically reduce road danger, are much more likely to stay safe and will keep a clean licence.

"Drink Driving is rightly seen as socially unacceptable and I urge everybody to treat speeding in the same way. Challenge family, friends and yourself not to speed. Make it socially unacceptable; change driving culture and help save lives."

 

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