Engagement team speak to hundreds of shoppers with road safety interests and concerns as part of Canvey Vision Zero Day

The most recent multi-agency day, ran by the Safer Essex Partnership (SERP) took place on 21 June and as always, involved both enforcement and education to spread Vision Zero messages.

Of those pulled over by police officers, 28 weren’t wearing their seatbelt, 13 were using their mobile phone, seven were found to be driving carelessly, 25 were speeding, two had no insurance and two had no valid MOT. In addition to this, one driver was arrested for failing to stop for police and another was reported for driving whilst disqualified.

Children from Canvey Junior School taking part in School Speedwatch

Thirteen drivers were also pulled over by children from Canvey Junior School as part of School Speedwatch.

Naomi Woodruff, Road Safety Technician for SERP, said: “It was great to see so many people interested in how they can stay safe on the roads. We were approached by hundreds of people wanting to know about Vision Zero and how they can contribute.

“We also spoke to a few road-users who were worried about the lack of awareness of the Highway Code updates.

“Since January this year, vulnerable road-users have priority and a new risk-based hierarchy has been in place, which means those that can do the greatest harm have the most responsibility to reduce the danger to others. In practical terms this means giving right of way to more vulnerable road-users.

“The changes to the Highway Code are a reminder that all road users have a responsibility to look after one another, in particular the most vulnerable ones: pedestrian, cyclists, other two-wheeled transport and horse riders.

“This is particularly important when thinking about achieving Vision Zero. It really is everyone’s responsibility.”

For more information on the Highway Code changes please visit The Highway Code: 8 changes you need to know from 29 January 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

27 June 2022

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