Community Speed Watch groups in South Holland invited to join Project Edward day of action
A day of action aimed at cutting the number of deaths and serious injuries on South Holland's roads is being planned for later this month.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) groups in Cowbit, Deeping St Nicholas, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck and Weston/Weston Hills will be invited to join Project Edward (European Day Without A Road Death), first held in 2016 by European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) to ‘re-energise the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads".
Project Edward is to taking place on Thursday, September 26, when it is hoped that CSW teams will be out in force to measure traffic speeds in areas with 30mph or 40mph limits.
In Lincolnshire, the day of action is to be run jointly by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), police, fire and rescue services and Lincolnshire County Council.
Writing to parish councils on Tuesday, Lincolnshire CSW co-ordinator Dave Mitchell said: "To date, we have sent almost 5,000 first letters of advice from the police and just over 200 second letters to registered keepers of vehicles found to have exceeded the speed limit.
"In addition, requests have been made to visit 27 vehicle keepers through the sending of a third letter.
"However, the majority of drivers are not recorded as speeding for a second time in any Lincolnshire parish actively participating in volunteer road checks.
To that end Lincolnshire Police, LRSP, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincolnshire County Council will be tasking its resources toward raising awareness and undertaking enforcement of the Fatal4 (speed, drink and drug driving, mobile phones, seatbelts).
"If we could get each and every CSW group carrying out roadside checks on September 26, as part of Project Edward, we believe this would send a powerful message to road users about how much members of their communities care about saving lives on Lincolnshire's roads."
Project Edward follows on from a summer speed awareness campaign led by Lincolnshire Police after figures released last month showed that 568 people were killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads in 2018.
During the same year, the force launched its Safer Roads Team which had dealt with 490 speeding offences between May 2018 and April 2019.
Superintendent Paul Timmins, ex-policing commander for South Holland and now force lead for road safety policing in Lincolnshire, said: "Lincolnshire suffers from increasing numbers of casualties on our roads and this Europe-wide campaign is aimed at highlighting the issues of road safety.
"We will be supporting this campaign with some planned, targeted activity on September 26, as well as having information briefings through a variety of outlets.
"This campaign is part of our wider work around making our roads as safe as possible and the public will have noticed an increased police presence on the roads, with their safety being a priority for Lincolnshire."
Coun Chris Dicks, chairman of Weston Parish Council and co-ordinator of Weston/Weston Hills CSW group, said: "I believe that Project Edward is a good idea and, to that end, our group is planning to be deployed twice on September 26, once during the early morning and again in the late afternoon.
"In fact, we already have a number of volunteers who have agreed to assist on that day."
The day of action has also been backed by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones who hosted the first-ever Lincolnshire Road Safety Summit in November 2017 as a response to concerns about the rising number of road casualties in the county.
Mr Jones said: "I have made road safety a priority during my tenure as PCC and last year I announced the launch of a new enhanced Community Speed Watch Scheme.
"Having also supported the creation of a new Safer Roads Team in Lincolnshire, I fully support any campaign which seeks to cut accidents and deaths on our roads."
Support has also come from Anne Bourne, founder of the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial, at Westgate Woods, Wyberton, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to see anything that will save lives on our roads and so the Project Edward day of action is something that is worth taking on board."