Project EDWARD - a ‘fantastic awareness-raiser’ for road safety

Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary reports that Project EDWARD was a ‘fantastic awareness-raiser’ for road safety.

  • Pledge count topped 103,000 on TISPOL website
  • Twitter reach of 19 million

We are taking the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the first Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which took place in 30 countries on Wednesday 21 September.

Yes, we set out to make one day without death on Europe’s roads. That was always going to be a very challenging task, and I know that there were some fatalities. But as a way of raising awareness and striking a chord far beyond the road safety sector, Project EDWARD was a runaway success and I am excited about how we take the concept forward.

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Don't Chance It - Check It

TyreSafe is launching their annual tyre safety campaign on 1 October, which will run for the whole of October.

Research carried out by the TyreSafe team and Highways England into tyre tread depth at the point of replacement, has shown that over 340,000 tyres, surveyed by 800 retailers across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales confirmed that more than one-in-four British motorists are replacing their tyres when they are already illegal. In 2016, that equates to potentially over 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads. In combination with the number of casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents, the MoT failure rate due to defective tyres, and surveys of British motorists’ awareness of tyre safety issues, there is unquestionable evidence that attitudes need to change.

In addition to the fact that routine tyre checks would prevent many of these incidents, this evidence has been the inspiration behind this year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign – Don’t chance it, Check it.

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M4 Variable Speed Limit Cameras

If you travel the on the M4 between Junctions 24 and 28 in Newport, don't forget that the variable speed limit cameras will be live on Monday 26 September.

If you have any questions about the way that the cameras work, why they have been installed, or what will happen if you exceed the displayed speed limit there is a Frequently Asked Questions page that should give you all the answers you need.

To access the page click here

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M4 Variable Speed Limit Junctions 24-28 Near Newport

GoSafe has today confirmed that speed enforcement action at the M4 Variable Speed Limit (VSL) System on the 13km stretch of the M4 between Junction 24 (Coldra) and Junction 28 (Tredegar Park) will commence on Monday 26th September 2016.

The Welsh Government introduced a Variable Speed Limit along this stretch of road in 2011 as a means of reducing congestion and improving safety and journey time reliability.

Infrastructure and technology installed along the motorway between Junctions 24 and 28 monitors traffic flow and calculates the optimum speed limits for current traffic volumes. The limits are lawfully displayed on the electronic variable speed limit signs above lanes and at the side of the road.

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Project EDWARD: Let's Make 21st September a European Day Without a Road Death

The first European Day Without A Road Death is taking place across Europe on Wednesday 21 September. Devised as Project EDWARD by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative seeks to draw attention to the average of 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

UK support for Project EDWARD comes from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Road Safety GB, Road Safety Scotland, Road Safety Wales, the Automobile Association and many public and private organisations.

TISPOL believes it’s vital to gain the support of national governments, as well as winning the hearts and minds of individual road users, in order to bring about sustained and significant reductions in death and injury on Europe’s roads.

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School Bus Checks Carried Out in Bala

Safety checks were carried out on school buses in the Bala area yesterday (Thursday, September 15th) by officers from the North Wales Police Commercial Vehicle Unit.

Working in conjunction with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) a total of five buses were stopped and checked once the children had been taken to school. Other vehicles were also routinely stopped.

Prohibitions were given on some of the school buses - including a delayed prohibition for a vandalised seatbelt and a second delayed prohibition for an obstruction on the gangway. Two Inspection Notices were given for an incomplete first aid kit and an emergency door not opening wide enough.

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Road Safety Wales Multimedia Competition

To promote the anti drink/drug and driving message, youth organisations, schools and colleges are invited to devise, perform and record a live action multimedia presentation that will warn people of the dangers and/or consequences of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs. With the introduction of a new law relating to drug driving, Road Safety Wales would welcome entries with an anti drug driving theme.

For more information please visit You can view previous Competition Winners on YouTube.

Competition guidelines:

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GoSafe 2016 Public Opinion Survey

GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, is launching their latest Public Opinion Survey.

GoSafe is seeking the views of communities and asking for the public and their key influencers to take the time to complete a short questionnaire, to ensure that they are aware of the views and opinions of the people that matter – you.

What are your thoughts on the work that GoSafe does?

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53 Vehicles Stopped in Crime Crackdown in Newport

Officers in Newport held an operation yesterday targeting travelling criminality. During the operation, 53 vehicles were stopped.

  • One person was arrested as they had failed to appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court for traffic offences and a warrant had been issued for their arrest.
  • One vehicle was seized for using red diesel. A £539 on the spot fine was issued.
  • Four people found committing benefit fraud, two of which had an immediate suspension of their benefits. Follow up enquiries are being made by the Department of Work & Pensions on all four.
  • Four follow up enquiries to be made by the UK Border Agency, including three Polish nationals, who were found in the same car, who had been convicted of offences since being admitted to the UK.
  • Nine vehicles immediately taken off the road by VOSA for a variety of serious defects.
  • One vehicle taken off the road by VOSA for exceeding drivers hours.
  • One vehicle taken off the road by VOSA for being 10% overweight.
  • Five vehicles were seized for not having adequate insurance.
  • 13 traffic offence reports were issued for offences including no insurance, no licence, defective tyres and seat belt offences

Inspector Matthew Havard said: "We want to send a strong message to anyone intent on criminality in our communities, that this will not be tolerated. More operations are planned for the future, so be warned, we will be waiting!"

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Driving Tests and Learning to Drive – Consultation

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads by making sure newly-qualified drivers are better prepared for driving on modern roads.

To do this, the driving test needs to better assess the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. The changes are to:

  • increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
  • ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
  • replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, for example, driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
  • ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, for example, asking them to use the rear heated screen

The consultation closes at 25 August 2016 11:45pm - you can respond by going to

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