County-wide operation to reduce casualties on roads relaunches this month

By Jessica Durston - 23 January 2023

Community

Wiltshire Police say a road safety operation targeting drivers who fail to abide by the law will relaunch this month.

Project Zero, which in short, aims to reduce the number of casualties on roads, will take place every Wednesday across the county.

Whilst encompassing what is very much everyday work for Roads Policing Unit officers, Project Zero will see the department intensify resources in a specific area each week with a focus on the ‘Fatal Five’.

They are:

  • Excess speed
  • Drink/drug driving
  • Driving while using a mobile phone
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Careless/dangerous driving

Sgt Ben Cox said: “The aim ultimately is to reduce road deaths in our county to zero. While this may seem unachievable, I personally can’t think of what would be classed as an ‘acceptable’ number of deaths on the road.  One death is one too many. Being the person to inform a family that their loved one has been killed on the roads will always be the hardest part of this job and something that stays with you forever.

“Our aim, every day, is to keep our roads as safe as possible by targeting those who fail to abide by the law. The fatal five are the offences statistically proven to majorly contribute to death and serious injury on the road.

“While this is very much our everyday work on RPU, we will be intensifying our resources for that particular day in a localised area and targeting those most at risk of causing serious harm.”

Project Zero was said to have kicked off for 2023 last week when it ran in Amesbury.

In total, seven Traffic Offence Reports were issued and 14 fixed penalty notices all for Fatal Five related offences.

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