A MAN has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and another caught for doing 100mph during day one of Project EDWARD.

Wiltshire Police are running the project all this week in support of the national road safety campaign, Every Day Without A Road Death (EDWARD).

Today, between 8.30am and 10.30am, officers were located on the A303 which has seen Wiltshire Police's highest number of fatalities and serious injuries relating to road traffic collisions this year.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs and being in possession of cannabis. He has since been released under investigation.

10 traffic offence reports for were also issued for speeding, with the highest speed recorded at 110mph, while two tickets were issued for mobile phone use.

Two vehicles were seized for not having a licence to drive while a number of other motorists were educated on their manner of driving and the condition of their vehicles.

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Officers have also been out around Salisbury carrying out speed checks today.

Firstly on the Homington road Odstock, Homington village and A338 Downton road due to increased traffic on the back roads due to the ongoing roadworks.

Then on the A354 Blandford road, Coombe Bissett where officers had to stop and issue a traffic offence report within the first five seconds of being on the road for a driver doing 48mph in the 30 zone.

The project is supported by forces across the country, focusing on road safety, in particular for those who drive for work.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team have a proactive operation planned each day focussing on a well-known dangerous roads across the county.

Some of this activity will have a focus on the fatal four factors that significantly increase the risk for road users to be seriously or fatally injured if involved in a collision – speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving.

PC James BARRETT said “I am disappointed on how many drivers were exceeding the speed limit especially in Coombe Bissett and we will be out there to enforce these limits.

"If drivers are found to be in exceeding the speed limit then they will be issued a Traffic offence report, where in today’s case the driver doing 48 mph will either face a £100 fine with three penalty points or may be sent to court. 10x words of advice were given within fifteen minutes".