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

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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.

The surround a town initiative sees SERP focus resources in a concentrated and geographically targeted area, often where there are high rates of collisions and casualties.

Essex Police provides a highly visible presence around the town while SERP partners interact with the public in the town centre, promoting road safety.

Surround a town uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.

The operation in Great Notley on 6 April saw officers detect 27 people not wearing a seatbelt, 11 drivers using a mobile phone, 11 people speeding, four people driving without insurance, nine people driving with no MOT and eight other traffic offences.

In addition, two people were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and two were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Matt Hine, operational tasking supervisor, said:

“These events are so valuable when promoting road safety. The enforcement and engagement work really well together and I hope our activity reminds people of the dangers of behaviours such as using a mobile whilst driving.

“The arrests made on Friday highlight the value of this work even further. By working closely with all our partners we’re able to disrupt criminal activity.”

17 April 2018

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