An event designed to inspire the public to help tackle the endemic of road deaths is set to have a huge impact, with half of Britain’s police forces currently confirmed to attend.
The 2022 Andy Cox Challenge will aim to drive home the message that five people die and more than 60 are seriously injured, on average, on UK roads every day.
The high-profile event will see police and staff from across the UK join forces to run, cycle, walk or otherwise travel in their area of strength, from 16-22 May 2022.
The forces will form local fundraising teams that will help achieve the event’s overall goal of £500,000 for the road casualties charity, RoadPeace.
Fundamentally, the challenge will also aim to get the public talking about road deaths and the devastation they cause to families and communities every day.
The event will be led by Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, crime chief at Lincolnshire Police, who rose to prominence during the UK’s first lockdown after single-handedly launching a campaign to tackle the speeding.
In May 2021, he embarked on an ambitious 200km run during Global Road Safety Week, raising £53,000 for RoadPeace, which is closely supported by families bereaved by road traffic collisions.
This year, to mark RoadPeace’s 30th anniversary, the 2022 Andy Cox Challenge will see Det Chief Supt Cox cover 30 miles a day, for seven days, on foot or by bike.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) head of traffic policing, Chief Constable Jo Shiner, expressed her support for the event and pledged to attend.
Chief Superintendent Cox said: “We are delighted that so many police forces have already confirmed their involvement in the 2022 challenge.
“In addition to raising considerable funds for road accident victims and their families, their involvement will send a strong message to the public: the police are committed to fighting road hazards together.
“Last, and not least, we hope the challenge will be a lot of fun and personally rewarding for everyone who takes part.”
Police forces that have confirmed their involvement so far include:
- Avon and Somerset
- Powys Dyfed
- North Yorkshire
- South Wales
- South Yorkshire
- Western Mercia
Sara Dowling, Deputy CEO of RoadPeace, said: “Road fatality figures have remained largely static over the past decade.
“There is a sense of complacency about the danger of the road, with many people seeming to accept that death and injury on the roads is just an inevitable part of life.
“As well as raising much needed funds for RoadPeace to support those devastated by road accidents, we hope the event will make people realize that we all need to take more responsibility for safety when using the roads. “
Donations can now be made to www.justgiving.com/campaign/andycoxchallenge2022