A ROAD safety operation targeting drivers who fail to abide by the law is relaunching this month in Wiltshire, including Tidworth and Ludgershall. 

Police in Wiltshire are relaunching Project Zero, with the aim is to reduce the number of casualties on the county's roads, which will take place every Wednesday. 

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Whilst encompassing what is 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. The fatal five being:

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

Sergeant 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.

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“Our aim, every day, is to keep our roads as safe as possible by targeting those who fail to abide by the law,” Sergeant Ben Cox continued. “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 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.