Support for Project Edward safer roads campaign

Date published: 16 September 2020 09:49
Dated: 16 September 2020 10:40:06
This week South Yorkshire Police is supporting Project Edward, a national campaign aiming to reduce the amount of deaths and casualties on the roads. 

Superintendent Paul McCurry, the force’s Head of Operational Support has recorded a video sharing the aims of Project Edward and what activity our traffic officers will be conducting throughout the week. 

Project EDWARD stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’. Our roads policing team are increasing their presence on our road network this week, targeting those who are driving illegally and irresponsibly. They will be taking action against the biggest dangers on our roads, the ‘Fatal Four’:
- Inappropriate speed
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol 

With support from traffic officers, Sheffield North West Neighbourhood team are also carrying out a ‘safe pass’ operation which aims to educate drivers about how to overtake cyclists safely.

Yesterday (15 September), the team were on the A57 which connects South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. A ‘safe pass’ operation involves officers in plain clothes cycling down the roads, closely followed by a police officer on a motorbike. A stop site is located further along, and if officers believe a driver has passed them in an inconsiderate or dangerous manner, the driver will be pulled in.

The recommended minimum distance to pass a cyclist is 1.5 metres, which means that in almost all circumstances the driver will have to cross over the central white lines to safely overtake, or where there are two lanes the vehicle should be in lane two. 

The week is carried out in partnership with Safer Roads South Yorkshire and the Camera Safety Partnership. 

Read more about Project Edward and the Project Edward pledge, here. More information on driving safely is available at:
'Safe Pass' operation on A57

'Safe Pass' operation on A57

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