Police and Crime Commissioner backs national driver safety campaign

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, is backing this year’s Project EDWARD driver safety campaign, which runs between September 14 – 18 September, and is focusing on those who drive to and for work.

Project EDWARD stands for Every Day Without a Road Death.

The latest figures from the UK Government show that there were approximately 42,000 injuries or deaths of drivers driving for work related purposes in 2018.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert is a road safety lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. He said: “The odds of being involved in a collision resulting in injury or death while driving for work are about 1 in 500.

“With thousands of work-related journeys taking place in Gwent every day the sad reality is that our emergency services are dealing with these incidents on a regular basis. All of them could have been avoided.

“Now, more than ever, we need to do our part to stay safe and keep the emergency services available for those who need them most, so please take extra care and stay safe on the roads.”

Common causes of work-related road collisions include speeding, poor vehicle maintenance and driver fatigue.

Throughout the week Gwent Police will be running a number of driver safety and road safety initiatives across Gwent.