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December 2020

SERP offers winter road-safety advice

With the Christmas rush now in full swing and the weather likely to become colder over the Christmas period, SERP asks road-users to take extra care and to look out for each other.
(15 December 2020)

 

 

Police cells open 24/7 for drink and drug drivers

“Pubs and restaurants might be shutting at 11pm but police cells are open 24/7 for the most dangerous drivers” – that’s our message as we start our Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
(3 December 2020)

 

 

November 2020

Vision Zero: No more deaths on Essex roads

How many people dying on the roads in Essex every year do you think is acceptable?… 5?  20?  42? (42 is the actual number of people that died on our roads last year).
(19 November 2020)

 

 

Road users urged to take extra care during lockdown two

Amid the latest Covid-19 restrictions, the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is asking drivers once again to take extra care with regard to vulnerable road users.
(13 November 2020)

 

 

SERP helps local businesses to improve fleet safety

Businesses and organisations in Essex are being encouraged to work with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the county’s roads.
(10 November 2020)

 

 

October 2020

Government moves to strengthen mobile phone laws

The Government has set its sights on closing a legal loophole and making activities like taking photos and playing games on hand-held mobile phones illegal while driving.
(21 October 2020)

 

 

Views sought for Southend transport plan

Local people are being asked to give their views on the future of transport in Southend.
(1 October 2020)

 

 

September 2020

Survey seeks views on roads policing

Road users across Essex are being encouraged to share their views on the importance of roads policing.
(18 September 2020)

 

 

New tougher sentences for drivers who kill

The Government is set to introduce the option of a life sentence for drivers who cause death as a result of speeding, using a mobile phone or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(15 September 2020)

 

 

Roadster returns to schools online

Every year the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) visits 60 secondary schools and colleges in Essex to deliver Roadster Events.
(10 September 2020)

 

 

SERP to recruit new Bikeability instructors

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership has launched a recruitment drive for new Bikeability instructors.
(3 September 2020)

 

 

August 2020

My Small Change attends college freshers’ fairs…virtually

Like all other events across the country, freshers’ fairs have had to be adapted in light of Covid-19.
(27 August 2020)

 

 

Road Crime Team return to Tendring and detect hundreds of speeders as part of ongoing speeding crackdown

Police officers travelled 1,427 miles across the district on 1-2 August and caught nearly 800 drivers committing offences, including speeding and not wearing seatbelts.
(6 August 2020)

 

 

Three young men have died on Essex roads this weekend

The men, aged in their late teens and 20s, died in three separate collisions over the weekend of 1-2 August.
(3 August 2020)

 

 

Extra Eyes submissions for July

As our roads get back to normal following lockdown, so have the number of Extra Eyes submissions.
(3 August 2020)

 

 

July 2020

Have you signed up to #MySmallChange yet?

The new and improved campaign has even more opportunities for young people in Essex to get help with getting on the road and staying there! The #mysmallchange campaign exists to help keep new drivers and their passengers safe, by encouraging them to make a small change pledge online.
(27 July 2020)

 

 

Hundreds of speeders caught as Road Crime Team continue to respond to community concerns

Since the start of the Covid19 pandemic, speeding has increased on Essex roads, causing concern from Essex residents as well as the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.
(13 July 2020)

 

 

Road crime team tackle speeding in rural communities

Over the last four weeks the Road Crime Team has been responding to local concerns around speeding by targeting the rural areas of Essex such as, Uttlesford and Epping Forest districts.
(2 July 2020)

 

 

Calling on all young riders – do you want to be an even better rider?

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership, (SERP) has produced a virtual reality film to help young powered-two-wheeler riders stay safe on the roads.
(1 July 2020)

 

 

June 2020

SERP supports national seatbelt campaign

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) launched the #StandingUpForBeltingUp campaign on Monday 22 July, to highlight the law on and importance of wearing seatbelts in vehicles.
(25 June 2020)

 

 

Free Bikeability sessions for adults and family groups extended until September

Have you been enjoying cycling more since Covid-19? Do you want to learn more skills and become an even better cyclist? The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) can help.
(24 June 2020)

 

 

Road safety story time with Naomi continues

Road Safety Officer, Naomi, has been busy recording herself reading books on camera for parents to share with their children.
(19 June 2020)

 

 

New app supports employers as they prepare to return to the road after Covid-19

Driving for Better Business (DfBB) is launching a free driver app and management portal to provide a robust way for employers to get drivers and vehicles ready for the road again following lockdown.
(18 June 2020)

 

 

Have you seen #ChoicesForHumanity online?

The campaign which is based on the popular party game, Cards Against Humanity, has now been running for four weeks and SERP asks Essex residents to show their support.
(16 June 2020)

 

 

SERP offers free Bikeability sessions for adults and family groups

Have you been enjoying cycling more since Covid-19? Do you want to learn more skills and become an even better cyclist? The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) can help.
(8 June 2020)

 

 

Record 331 drug driving arrests in May

More than 10 people a day were arrested on suspicion of drug driving during May as police officers continue to keep you safe on the roads.
(4 June 2020)

 

 

It’s fun to go out but… Naomi reads road safety book on camera in support of Child Safety Week

The book, written by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) explains to children and parents how to stay safe on the roads.
(1 June 2020)

 

 

May 2020

Students reminded to ‘forget me not’ with road safety flowers

A secondary school in Tendring is reminding students to ‘forget me not’ during the Covid-19 pandemic with road safety flowers.
(28 May 2020)

 

 

Online road safety tools for primary school children

Are you looking for something interactive and different to do with the children before they return to school? The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has developed online road safety tools for both reception and year 5 students.
(26 May 2020)

 

 

Choices for Humanity campaign launches in Essex

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has launched a new campaign to encourage drivers to make better choices on the county’s roads.
(21 May 2020)

 

 

Drug driving arrests reach record high in April

A record number of people in Essex were arrested on suspicion of drug driving last month.
(11 May 2020)

 

 

Emptier roads are #NoExcuse for speeding

The vast majority of people in Essex are staying home to help save lives and protect the NHS, and only making essential journeys, which means the number of vehicles on our roads has dropped significantly.
(7 May 2020)

 

 

April 2020

Cleaning your car during the coronavirus pandemic

Do you know how to clean your car interior to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus? As COVID-19 continues to infect people across the world, it’s vital we all play our part in reducing its spread.
(23 April 2020)

 

 

SERP asks road users to ‘Take Extra Care’

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is supporting a campaign from Road Safety GB encouraging all road users to help reduce the strain on the emergency services during the coronavirus pandemic.
(21 April 2020)

 

 

How the six-month MOT extension works

Do you know what will happen if your vehicle’s MOT due date is on or after 30 March 2020? Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible.
(16 April 2020)

 

 

Calling all young riders – can you help us by completing a survey?

The National Young Rider Forum (NYRF) is asking young riders to complete a survey to understand more about them.
(7 April 2020)

 

 

Operation targets HGV offenders on M25

More than 30 mobile phone offences were detected during a recent two-week operation, carried out to improve compliance among commercial vehicles operating on the M25.
(6 April 2020)

 

 

New digital National Speed Awareness Course launched

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is now taking bookings for a new online version of the National Speed Awareness Course.
(3 April 2020)

 

 

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership responds to Covid19

This unprecedented global situation is both unsettling and challenging.
(2 April 2020)

 

 

March 2020

The #MysmallChange campaign returns…with a twist

A campaign which encourages young drivers in Essex to pledge to improve a particular aspect of their driving is returning for a third year – with more prizes available than ever before.
(27 March 2020)

 

 

SERP seeks to improve smart motorway awareness

When you’re driving along a motorway and you see a sign marked with a red X, it means stay out of that lane because there’s a hazard up ahead.
(24 March 2020)

 

 

NDORS courses cancelled until June

As a result of the unprecedented unfolding events, we are following Government guidelines and we have decided to postpone all our courses to help reduce the implications of the coronavirus.
(20 March 2020)

 

 

Operation Safe Pass returns to Colchester

Drivers in Colchester have been educated on the safe distance to leave when passing a cyclist – as part of Operation Safe Pass.
(19 March 2020)

 

 

Essex receives funding for two ‘significant’ roads projects

Essex County Council has received nearly one and a half million to carry out two projects which will improve the county’s road network.
(10 March 2020)

 

 

February 2020

Funding to boost active travel in south Essex

An initiative which aims to get more people travelling actively and sustainably in south Essex has received a major funding boost from the Government.
(26 February 2020)

 

 

Speed awareness courses work, so make them compulsory: Telegraph

A journalist from the Telegraph, who recently attended a National Speed Awareness Course, has called for the scheme to be made compulsory, describing her experience as ‘quite revelatory’.
(24 February 2020)

 

 

Drug drive arrests help to keep county’s roads safe

More than 140 arrests for drug driving were made in January – prompting a fresh warning from the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.
(17 February 2020)

 

 

A127 speed limit change aims to reduce harmful emissions

A new 50mph limit has been introduced on a stretch of the A127 near Basildon – with the aim of improving air quality and road safety.
(13 February 2020)

 

 

Essex pupils to benefit from ‘significant’ Bikeability expansion

Thousands more schoolchildren from across Essex will benefit from Bikeability cycle training, thanks to an expansion of the scheme.
(11 February 2020)

 

 

Students learn not to reach a ‘dead end’

Year 11 students from across the county have been learning about their responsibilities as a passenger when travelling with a newly-qualified driver.
(5 February 2020)

 

 

Sleepless nights and haunting memories – the impact of dealing with road deaths

Road users in Essex are being encouraged to watch an emotive new film to gain an understanding of the challenges police officers face when dealing with the aftermath of a fatal collision.
(4 February 2020)

 

 

January 2020

SERP stresses the importance of using bike lights

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is urging parents to ensure their children’s bicycles are equipped with lights this winter.
(22 January 2020)

 

 

Rayleigh SAT provides engagement opportunity

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) engaged with hundreds of road users during a recent Surround a Town day in Rayleigh.
(20 January 2020)

 

 

Job vacancy: road safety business officer

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is actively seeking to recruit a new road safety business officer.
(8 January 2020)

 

 

SERP works to make drug driving a social taboo

Essex Police says it is committed to tackling the drug drive issue – after revealing it made more than 1,800 arrests for the offence in 2019.
(7 January 2020)