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November 2019

Road Safety Week in Essex – what’s happening?

A variety of activities and interventions are taking place place across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock this week, as part of UK Road Safety Week.
(18 November 2019)

 

 

Surround a Town arrests prompt new drug drive warning

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is warning motorists about the dangers of drug driving – after five offences were detected during a recent Surround a Town day in Southend.
(15 November 2019)

 

 

Scheme helps schools take ownership of road safety

Schools in Thurrock are being encouraged to participate in the Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme.
(6 November 2019)

 

 

October 2019

Teamwork helps apprehend speeding driver

A School Speedwatch session – carried out as part of a recent Surround a Town day in Basildon – helped Essex Police detain a speeding driver who failed to stop when requested.
(31 October 2019)

 

 

Extra Eyes continue to help detect driving offences

Evidence submitted from members of the public has helped Essex Police take action against almost 500 motoring offences in the third quarter of 2019.
(30 October 2019)

 

 

Pedestrians encouraged to #StopScrollingStartLiving

With darker evenings on the horizon, pedestrians in Essex are being warned of the ‘obvious and tangible’ danger of distracted walking.
(28 October 2019)

 

 

SERP helps to ‘revitalise road safety’

Nicola Foster and Matt Hine represented the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) at this year’s National Safer Roads Partnerships’ Conference, hosted by Road Safety Support last month.
(10 October 2019)

 

 

Young riders enhance their knowledge

Two young riders have been given new bikes after being selected as winners of the Street Spirit campaign competition.
(8 October 2019)

 

 

Essex support for Project EDWARD

More than 20 Community Speedwatch events took place across Essex last Thursday – as part of a European-wide initiative to improve road safety.
(1 October 2019)

 

 

September 2019

Recognition for county’s Community Speedwatch volunteers

A number of Essex’s longest-serving Community Speedwatch volunteers have been recognised for their efforts to make the county’s roads safer.
(30 September 2019)

 

 

Driver distraction under the spotlight

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is reminding drivers that using a mobile phone, sat nav or any similar device while at the wheel will mean their attention is distracted from the road.
(19 September 2019)

 

 

School Speedwatch underpins Witham SAT

A School Speedwatch session – carried out as part of a recent Surround a Town day in Witham – resulted in more than a dozen speeding offences detected.
(13 September 2019)

 

 

South Essex cycling campaign rolls into action

A new campaign has launched aiming to challenge perceptions of what a ‘real’ cyclist looks like and encourage more people to start travelling by bike.
(9 September 2019)

 

 

August 2019

#MySmallChange lands Colchester teen with new car

A simple pledge to always wear a seat belt while driving has landed Hiba, an 18-year-old from Colchester, with a new Vauxhall Corsa.
(23 August 2019)

 

 

Drug driving offences detected during Southend SAT

A number of drug driving arrests were made during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Southend-on-Sea.
(21 August 2019)

 

 

SERP tool updated to include 2018 casualty data

An analytical tool, which allows people in Essex to gain a detailed understanding of the county’s casualty figures, has been updated to include the latest available data.
(19 August 2019)

 

 

July 2019

‘SERP volunteers’ to help with speed enforcement

A group of volunteers in Harwich will become the first in the country to be given enforcement powers, under a new Safer Essex Roads Partnership initiative.
(31 July 2019)

 

 

Pupils in Thurrock 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.
(24 July 2019)

 

 

Offences detected as ‘Surround a Town’ visits Maldon

More than 100 traffic offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Maldon – the majority of which were either seat belt or speed related.
(18 July 2019)

 

 

‘Have your say’ on walking in Essex

Essex County Council is making a final call for residents and businesses to participate in a consultation on the county’s draft walking strategy.
(8 July 2019)

 

 

2019 drug drive arrests near 1,000 mark

More than 150 people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving in Essex in June – taking the total for the first half of the year to nearly 1,000.
(2 July 2019)

 

 

SERP prepares for busy summer of cycle training

With the school summer holidays on the horizon, the Safer Essex Roads Partnership has unveiled a comprehensive programme of cycling courses for riders of all ages.
(1 July 2019)

 

 

June 2019

Project EDWARD 2019: the countdown begins

With less than 100 days to go until the 2019 edition of Project EDWARD, the organisers have stepped up efforts to raise awareness through a series of short, introductory videos.
(19 June 2019)

 

 

First ‘parallel crossing’ launches in Essex

Essex’s first cyclist ‘parallel crossing’ has become operational in Chester Hall Lane, Basildon, with a second currently under construction in Victoria Road South, Chelmsford.
(17 June 2019)

 

 

Seat belt offences uncovered during Waltham Abbey operation

Nearly 100 seat belt offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Waltham Abbey – despite a recent plea for drivers to buckle up and familiarise themselves with seat belt laws.
(14 June 2019)

 

 

SERP launches new older driver course

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has launched a new ‘Driving with Confidence’ course for older drivers.
(11 June 2019)

 

 

Drug driving ‘clear focus’ of summer crackdown

Essex Police is stepping up efforts to detect drug drivers after revealing the number of arrests for the offence has more than doubled this year.
(5 June 2019)

 

 

Child Safety Week – what’s happening across Essex, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea?

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is using Child Safety Week 2019 to engage with children and parents about the importance of road safety and active travel.
(3 June 2019)

 

 

May 2019

Offences detected during south Essex operations

Two operations in the south of the county have helped identify hundreds of motoring offences – including 10 drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel.
(29 May 2019)

 

 

Technique ‘quickly and efficiently’ repairs potholes

Thurrock Council has enlisted the help of a high-tech and high-speed pothole repair team to improve the condition of roads in the area.
(23 May 2019)

 

 

Teens learn the importance of safely passing cyclists

Pre-drivers in Essex have been learning about the importance of leaving a safe distance when passing cyclists on the road.
(21 May 2019)

 

 

SERP issues seat belt reminder to Essex motorists

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is urging drivers and passengers to buckle up and familiarise themselves with seat belt laws.
(13 May 2019)

 

 

April 2019

‘Respect our road workers’ – Essex County Council

The safety of road workers in Essex has come under scrutiny, with drivers being urged to slow down and obey speed limits near roadworks.
(26 April 2019)

 

 

Ride promotes cycling and sustainable travel in Thurrock

A sun-soaked Thameside Nature Park played host to an organised cycle ride on 14 April, where cycle instructors from Thurrock Council’s road safety team were joined by 11 keen riders.
(16 April 2019)

 

 

SERP launches M11 pilot scheme

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has funded a pilot scheme which will see additional roads policing officers deployed on the M11 at peak times, in an attempt to stem the rise in serious collisions.
(12 April 2019)

 

 

‘Extra Eyes’ submissions continue to rise

Essex Police received 374 ‘Extra Eyes’ submissions in March 2019 – a year-on-year rise of 128% – and took action in 108 cases.
(10 April 2019)

 

 

March 2019

Speed offences detected during Epping ‘Surround a Town’ day

Nearly 300 speeding offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Epping – with the help of a TruCam handheld speed enforcement device.
(29 March 2019)

 

 

Funding to repair potholes in Southend

An additional £250,000 has been pledged to carry out a programme of major patch repairs on roads across Southend.
(20 March 2019)

 

 

Busy start to 2019 for ‘Extra Eyes’ campaign

Essex Police received nearly 500 ‘Extra Eyes’ submissions in the first two months of 2019 – taking action in 119 cases.
(8 March 2019)

 

 

February 2019

People in Thurrock ‘Learn to Ride’ during half term

A mix of adults and children recently took part in free cycle sessions, organised by Thurrock Council during half-term.
(26 February 2019)

 

 

Funding boost for sustainable travel projects

Projects that promote sustainable travel across Essex, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea could benefit from grants of up to £20,000, thanks to a new scheme funded by the Department for Transport.
(20 February 2019)

 

 

Young riders offered free CBT training

A new scheme is offering young powered two wheeler riders across Essex the chance to take an enhanced CBT free-of-charge.
(13 February 2019)

 

 

‘Surround a Town’ leads to drug drive arrest

Nearly 60 seat belt offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Halstead – as well as one arrest for drug driving.
(11 February 2019)

 

 

Record number of drug drive arrests in January

Essex Police has issued a warning about the dangers of drug driving after revealing it made a record number of arrests for the offence in January.
(5 February 2019)

 

 

SERP partners brave wintery conditions for road safety initiative

A host of motoring offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Colchester – including six drivers caught using a mobile phone and two arrests for drug driving.
(4 February 2019)

 

 

January 2019

SERP young rider campaign to feature at national conference

Road safety professionals from across the UK will hear about a Safer Essex Roads Partnership campaign, which calls on young riders to enhance their knowledge on safe riding, at a conference in March.
(23 January 2019)

 

 

Drink and drug drive campaign leads to ‘unprecedented number’ of arrests

Essex Police made more than 300 arrests during its annual month-long Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
(10 January 2019)

 

 

Young ‘life savers’ stage cycle safety event

A group of young riders have taken part in a cycle safety awareness event following a serious collision that involved a boy in the village of Bicknacre.
(3 January 2019)