A convoy of emergency service vehicles will travel along a major route in Devon on Monday, September 13 to demonstrate the resources required to attend a serious road traffic collision.
Devon and Cornwall Police vehicles, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service engines, ambulances, National Highways vehicles and emergency service motorbikes will travel together along the A38 from Plymouth to the Devon Air Ambulance base at Exeter Airport.
The convoy will formally launch the national road safety road trip organised by the charity Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death).
All those taking part are members of the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership, a group which aims to eradicate ALL serious and fatal collisions from Devon and Cornwall’s roads.
The event will include details of a new project which will see 170 dashcams given out free to businesses that regularly use our road network to allow them to feed into Devon and Cornwall Police’s Op Snap.
The emergency services will gather in the car park of Sainsburys at Marsh Mills in Plymouth on the morning where they will be joined by senior councillors, members of the Safe38 campaign group and other Vision Zero partners who all share the aim of cutting serious collisions to zero. The event aims to showcase
The road trip will then be officially launched at 11am by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, who is chairman of Vision Zero South West and also the national APCC lead for road safety.
Commissioner Hernandez said: “Vision Zero believes that every tragic death on our roads is avoidable and we’re determined to do everything within our power to make this vision a reality.
“We can only do this by working together in close-knit partnership with the other agencies who also see the dreadful and far-reaching effects of these collisions.
“I’m delighted to be launching the Project EDWARD road trip which I hope will shine a light nationally on some of the innovative projects we’re undertaking to prevent death and serious injury on our roads.
“A great example of this is our dashcam project which will see my office and National Highways pay for 170 dashcams to be supplied to local companies, free of charge, to feed into Devon and Cornwall Police’s Op Snap. This simple scheme will allow the police to take action against dangerous and illegal drivers and make our roads safer for everyone.”
Speaking about the dashcam project, Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention at National Highways says “I am extremely pleased to be working with Devon & Cornwall Police and Vision Zero South West on this initiative which aims to improve safety for all by shining a light on poor driver behaviour, such as close following, undertaking, dangerous driving in the South West.
“This initiative also aims to raise awareness of Operation Snap and encourage motorists to consider their driving behaviour. We are confident that, working together with our road safety partners, this initiative will help widen our safety messages to drivers and raise awareness that those who engage in high-risk behaviours can expect to be spotted and, if an offence has been committed, action will be taken by our enforcement partners.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Vice Chair for the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership, said: “The rise in deaths on our roads this summer has been alarming. All of the Vision Zero partners are committed to making our roads safer for everyone. Sadly the vast majority of those who have died on Devon’s roads this year have been local and we would like to remind everyone to take extra care whether you are driving, riding or walking. We can all play our part in being considerate and looking out for others when on Devon's roads.”