Roads policing officers in Kent are launching a campaign to make the county’s roads safer and target motorists who are speeding, using their phone at the wheel or driving under the influence.
With people returning to work and children going back to school after lockdown more people are using their cars again, many of whom may not have driven for some time. Officers are keen to ensure that motorists drive safely as the volume of traffic increases.
Between 14 and 20 2020 September targeted patrols will be on the lookout throughout the county for drivers breaking the law, while camera vans will be on high harm routes where speeding has previously been a factor in a fatal collision. Officers from the Special Constabulary will also be supporting the action.
The week incorporates ‘Project Edward’ a one-day campaign by the European Traffic Police Network on 16 September aimed at realising the goal of a single day on the roads without a death. Project Edward began in 2016 as a European-wide initiative focusing on road safety and this year is aimed at motorists driving for work and urging them to drive safely.
The action comes after the county experienced a significant increase in fatal collisions during August with 13 people killed on the roads. In 2019 the figure was seven and in 2018 three.
Chief Inspector Rhiannan Pepper of the Roads Policing Unit said: ‘Our officers are out every day with the intention to make our roads safer and this initiative allows us to highlight the importance of safe motoring.
‘A life lost on the road is a tragic waste and our message is simple, slow down, don’t drink and drive and don’t use a phone at the wheel. A car in the wrong hands can be a deadly weapon and the consequences of dangerous driving can be devastating.’