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December 2018

THINK! festive drink-drive campaign seeks help of ‘mates’

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is supporting the annual festive THINK! drink-drive campaign, which aims to encourage young men to step in if their mate is tempted to drink and drive.
(14 December 2018)



‘Be Bright Be Seen’, urges the Safer Essex Roads Partnership

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is reminding cyclists to use bike lights when riding during dark hours.
(7 December 2018)



‘I’m an idiot’ says mobile phone using driver

A driver has confessed to being an ‘idiot’ after being caught using her mobile phone during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ day in Wickford.
(6 December 2018)



Winter warning for Essex pedestrians

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is encouraging pedestrians to spare an extra thought for their safety this winter, with figures highlighting a spike in casualties after the clocks went back in October.
(4 December 2018)



November 2018

Road Safety Week 2018 – daily update

Throughout Road Safety Week 2018 we are publishing a daily update of activities and interventions that are taking place place across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
(21 November 2018)



SERP gears up for Road Safety Week

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is gearing up for a busy Road Safety Week, with a comprehensive programme comprising more than 40 activities and initiatives.
(15 November 2018)



Child safety and new driver guides made available FOC

Two road safety guides, focusing on in-car child safety and new drivers, have been made available for Essex road users to access free-of-charge.
(14 November 2018)



Road users asked to ‘look out for each other’

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is asking all road users to ‘look out for each other’ this winter in support of the THINK! cycle safety campaign.
(12 November 2018)



Essex Highways set for winter weather

Essex Highways’ winter service has officially started, with gritter drivers on standby, a new salt barn – and more localised forecasting ready for any severe weather.
(5 November 2018)



October 2018

Traffic operation nets more than 70 driving offences

Forty drivers have been issued with awareness courses after being stopped by Essex Police for failing to wear a seatbelt.
(26 October 2018)



Essex County Council continues fight against potholes

Surface dressing techniques were applied to more than 250 miles of Essex roads this summer – as part of efforts to prevent potholes forming.
(23 October 2018)



Euromix assists SERP with Bikebility training in Clacton

The transport manager of the concrete supplier Euromix attended a Bikeability session which featured a concrete mixer lorry at Clacton County High School on 25-26 September.
(16 October 2018)



National recognition for Extra Eyes campaign

The Extra Eyes campaign, launched by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership in 2017, has been recognised with a prestigious national road safety award.
(12 October 2018)



Pupil picks up iPad for winning comic competition

A pupil from the Alec Hunter Academy in Braintree has recieved an iPad after being named winner of a school comic competition organised in support of Project EDWARD 2018.
(9 October 2018)



Community Speed Watch co-ordinator recognised with award

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership has congratulated Community Speed Watch co-ordinator, Mary Whiley, who was recognised for her outstanding work at the annual Essex Police Awards on 25 September.
(2 October 2018)



September 2018

Off-duty officer helps elderly driver in distress

An off-duty special constable from Essex Police has been praised for helping a distressed elderly driver, who needed assistance after his vehicle suddenly broke down on the A130.
(25 September 2018)



SERP launches new young rider campaign

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has launched a new young rider campaign by speaking to hundreds of students at the Colchester Institute.
(11 September 2018)



Operation Safe Pass launches in Essex

A new operation has been launched to help keep vulnerable road-users safe on roads in Essex, by targeting drivers who pass cyclists and horse riders at an unsafe distance.
(6 September 2018)



Funding to make journeys across Colchester ‘easier and smoother’

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are set to benefit from a major funding boost to support schemes making it easier and smoother to travel across Colchester.
(4 September 2018)



August 2018

‘Hard-hitting’ road safety messages delivered to Essex troops

Soldiers based in Essex have had the repercussions of dangerous driving spelt out to them as part of an event organised by the county’s Fire and Rescue service.
(22 August 2018)



Convictions follow drink and drug drive campaign

More than 40 drivers have been convicted following a month-long drink and drug drive campaign earlier this summer.
(16 August 2018)



“I was hungry and it’s the first day of my diet”

This was given as an excuse by a woman having been spotted eating pasta with a fork while behind the wheel.
(10 August 2018)



CCTV vehicle deployed to deter dangerous parking in Southend

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is deploying the latest generation of CCTV vehicle to deter motorists from parking dangerously – specifically outside schools and adjacent to bus stops.
(9 August 2018)



July a record month for Extra Eyes initiative

Essex Police responded to a record 98 ‘Extra Eyes’ submissions during July – after receiving more than 300 submissions in a single month for the first time.
(3 August 2018)



July 2018

Ford young driver initiative comes to Essex

Young drivers across Essex are being encouraged to sign-up for a free training programme, delivered by the vehicle manufacturer Ford.
(31 July 2018)



Survey explores risk perception, attitudes and behaviours

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is encouraging the county’s road users to take a short survey designed to shape future road safety interventions.
(24 July 2018)



‘I’m not wearing a seatbelt as my dog has just been to the vets’

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership has reminded road users in Clacton-On-Sea that there is no excuse for poor driving – during the latest ‘Surround a Town Day’ in the seaside town.
(23 July 2018)



Thurrock pupils learn ‘crucial’ road safety lessons

A week-long event has seen children in Thurrock learn the importance of keeping safe while walking to school and out with friends.
(18 July 2018)



Clean air campaign launched in south Essex

Motorists in south Essex are being encouraged to leave their car at home for short journeys – and switch to walking, cycling and taking the bus.
(13 July 2018)



Extra Eyes submissions on the rise

Essex Police received a record 289 videos during June as part of the Extra Eyes campaign – and took action in response to 65 of the clips.
(5 July 2018)



Excuses, excuses…

‘A rat has eaten my speaker wires so my Bluetooth doesn’t work so I had to hold my phone to hear what they were saying’.
(3 July 2018)



June 2018

Marathon success for Thurrock cyclist

More than 300 people took part in the Thurrock Cycle Marathon on 3 June – including Nikki Martin, who only learned to ride a bicycle four weeks prior to the event.
(21 June 2018)



Essex road users asked for views on road safety

A new survey has been launched asking road users in Essex what they think will improve road safety in the county.
(19 June 2018)



SERP launches #DriveSafeDriveSober

Do you know how much time you have to react to something on the road when driving? That is the question the Safer Essex Roads Partnership is asking during this summer’s anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
(14 June 2018)



Community speed watch volunteers helping to reduce speeding

A total of 1,343 community speed watch sessions were carried out by volunteers across Essex last year.
(6 June 2018)



Learner drivers gear up for motorway lessons

SERP has welcomed the news that from today (4 June), learner drivers can take motorway driving lessons in a law change intended to improve road safety.
(4 June 2018)



May 2018

Mobile phone and seatbelt offences detected at ‘Surround a Town’ in Epping

The latest ‘Surround a Town’ event took place in Epping on 18 May, with a string of mobile phone and seatbelt offences detected by Essex Police.
(22 May 2018)



Drivers less likely to reoffend after speeding course, study finds

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has welcomed a new report which shows that speed awareness courses reduce re-offending rates.
(16 May 2018)



Ambassadors sought to promote road safety at Essex schools

Road Safety Ambassadors are being appointed at schools across Essex, as part of an ongoing initiative to spread road safety messages among students.
(11 May 2018)



‘Thumbs up and mobiles down’ for My Red Thumb Day

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is supporting My Red Thumb Day (10 May), by encouraging road-users to post selfies of their red thumbs on Facebook.
(10 May 2018)



100+ seatbelt offences detected as ‘Surround a Town’ visits Southend

The latest ‘Surround a Town’ event took place in Southend on 20 April, with more than 100 seatbelt offences detected by Essex Police.
(3 May 2018)



April 2018

Josie joins the pedal revolution

A Thurrock mum can now enjoy cycling with her daughter following a successful lesson from Thurrock Council’s cycling instructor.
(30 April 2018)



Young driver initiative to launch in Maldon

A new initiative to help young drivers stay safe and #DriveWell in Maldon will launch at Maldon Fire Station on 5 May (6.
(23 April 2018)



Campaign continues to provide Essex Police with ‘Extra Eyes’

Essex Police received 164 videos during March as part of the Extra Eyes campaign – and took action in response to 50 of the clips.
(18 April 2018)



50+ people engaged with during Great Notley ‘surround a town’

Speeding, mobile phone use and failing to wear a seatbelt were among the offences detected by Essex Police officers during a recent ‘surround a town’ in Great Notley.
(17 April 2018)



Motorists are asked ‘are you looking out for me?’

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership has re-launched the Hugger campaign in an effort to reduce the risks faced by motorcyclists on the county’s roads.
(16 April 2018)



Operation Tramline sees hundreds of drivers engaged with as SERP uses new ‘supercab’

Safer Essex Roads Partnership has deployed a ‘supercab’ to identify unsafe and distracting driver behaviour on major routes across the county.
(12 April 2018)



Walking and cycling game boosts active travel in Colchester

The Beat the Street walking and cycling initiative, which turned Colchester and Tiptree into a giant game last autumn, has helped encourage residents to become more active, according to a new report.
(10 April 2018)