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Wheels in motion for national road safety event in March

Road safety experts are set to descend on March as part of a national campaign to put the brakes on fatal collisions across the country’s road network.

The Road Safety Day of Action is taking place in March on Thursday 20th October 2022 as part of Project Edward (Every Day Without a Road Death) – a national initiative backed by the government, the emergency services, highways agencies, road safety organisations and British businesses.

Campaigners are undertaking a nationwide tour to offer up-to-date safety advice and information to the public to help protect all road users.

Organised in partnership with the county’s Vision Zero Partnership, the interactive event will offer visitors to the Market Square an opportunity to speak to road safety experts and gain advice on a host of issues from cycle safety through to what to do to protect horses using the country’s roads.

The event marks a new approach to road safety across the county which is aimed at boosting engagement with communities and developing multi-agency collaboration to address all angles of the issue.

Darryl Preston said: “I’ve seen first-hand, as a police officer, the impact and devastation that follows a serious injury or fatal accident. It really brings home the importance of education to make sure motorists understand their responsibilities behind the wheel and their duty of care to all road users.

“Fatal or serious injury road accidents are almost always preventable. It’s vital we work together to make a difference and I am grateful to our partners for making this event happen.

“I am one hundred per cent behind this campaign and would urge the public to make use of the fantastic free resources at this event and play their part to make our county safer for all.”

Vision Zero Partnership Manager Matt Staton added: “The Vision Zero approach is all about recognising the shared responsibility we all have for safety on the roads. This event is a great opportunity for our partners to support the communities in and around March and be on hand to offer information and advice.”

Cllr Alex Beckett, Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Project EDWARD is an excellent national campaign that I am pleased to see Cambridgeshire taking part in once again. The Vision Zero Partnership adapts these events to local community needs, bringing in partners and activities that the local area will benefit from most. We saw great success last year in Ely, and I am eager to see March benefit similarly from this Road Safety Day of Action.”Alongside the Commissioner and Constabulary, a number of partners will be attending the event including the British Horse Society, Cambridgeshire County Council, Alconbury Driving Centre, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, Road Victims Trust and Speedwatch.

The event will take place at Market Place, March (PE15 9JF) on Thursday 20th October between 10am – 2pm.