Project EDWARD: Limerick motorists urged to support European road safety initiative

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Project EDWARD: Limerick motorists urged to support European road safety initiative

Project EDWARD takes place across Europe this Wednesday

Gardai will be out in force this Wednesday as part of a major road safety drive across Europe.

Devised in 2016 by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), Project EDWARD (European Day Without a Road Death) aims to raise awareness of road safety and reduce the number of people killed every day on the roads of Europe.

There were no road deaths in Ireland when the event was staged 12 months ago while there were 43 across the continent.

“Last year the Republic of Ireland recorded zero road deaths on Project EDWARD day. This year we are determined to do all we can again to record zero fatalities on project EDWARD day. We appeal again to every road user to support this year’s Project EDWARD,” said Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Motorists are being urged to reduce their speed, not to use mobile phones while driving and to wear the seatbelts.

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, Roads Policing, is appealing again to every road user to support this year’s #ProjectEDWARD and make the pledge to reduce risk and improve safety on our roads.

"Reduce speed, never drink or take drugs and drive, put away phones, belt up for every journey and make yourself visible. These are simple life saving tips. Be as safe as you can, not just on Project EDWARD day, but every day,” said Assistant Commissioner Sheahan who is the former chief superintendent of the Limerick garda division.

A Status Yellow weather warning has been issued by The Irish Meteorological Service, Met Éireann, for this Wednesay. It will be very windy across Ireland from early Wednesday morning until the evening. Winds expected to reach speeds of 50 to 56km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr.

"We are appealing to drivers to drive to the weather conditions. Allow extra time when planning your journey and arrive safe,” urged Assistant Commissioner Sheahan.

Gardai will be posting updates on social media throughout the day using gthe hashtag #ProjectEDWARD on social media.