OFFICERS across Cleveland and Durham will take part in a Europe-wide campaign aimed at reducing road deaths, named Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death).

A week of action will commence from today, targeting the four areas of Fatal Four, including seatbelts, speeding, distraction and alcohol and drugs.

There will also be a focus on antisocial driving, after concerns were raised in relation to vehicles being used in an antisocial manner in various locations, and commercial vehicles.

Roads policing officers will carry out educational and enforcement action right across the Cleveland and Durham areas, with assistance from the Special Constabulary.

Inspector Jamie Bell, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Project EDWARD is a campaign which aims to prevent road deaths, and supports the primary aim of our roads policing unit. No one wants to lose a loved one in tragic circumstances and especially when it could have been easily prevented.

“We will carry out a week of action, focussing on the areas of the ‘Fatal Four’ main causes of fatal collisions and we will aim to educate drivers and enforce where appropriate.

“In Cleveland and Durham there will also be a focus on antisocial driving, which we have received complaints about in specific areas, and on commercial vehicles.

“Whilst we carry out education and enforcement all year round as part of our usual business, there will be additional focus this coming week on the ‘Fatal Four’ causes. We will continue with our proactive work to try to keep our roads as safe as we possibly can.”