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UK Police to become stricter on speeding in October

Speed limits are set to be more strictly policed for a couple of days in October as part of a police road safety project. 

Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) began in 2016, and was awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2018.
It holds a ‘week of action’ every year, and this year that will be in October. Specifically, the week of action of Project EDWARD in 2022 will be from 17-21 October. 

The theme of this year’s week of action is “Changing Minds, Changing Behaviours.”

This includes a period of 24 hours from Wednesday 19 October to Thursday 20 October where particular attention will be paid to speeding. This is called “National Safe Speeds Day”. There will be events taking place in places throughout England and Wales, including Telford, Merseyside, Durham, Oxford, Rugby and Cardiff, according to the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF). 

NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) roads policing portfolio holder, Chief Constable Jo Shiner, said: “I am fully supportive of Project EDWARD and National Safe Speeds Day.

“I welcome the efforts by members of the Project EDWARD team to highlight the benefits for all road users of understanding and choosing speeds that are legal and safe because we know lower speeds mean fewer road deaths.”

As well the NPCC, Project EDWARD and its National Safe Speeds Day is supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissions (APPC) and the National Roads Policing Operations, Intelligence and Investigation (NRPOII).

Jim Freeman, Chair of the BMF, said: “The BMF always supports efforts to reduce road casualties, particularly riders, who have been disproportionately represented in the statistics. I’ll be particularly careful on 19th October.”

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