Essex road users asked to play their part in keeping roads safe, in support of Brake’s Road Safety Week
In a week of policing activities targeting speeding motorists, a total of 289 speeding tickets were issued, countywide.
Targeted enforcement took place on A130, A13, M11 and the A120, with the highest record speed of 104mph, on a 70mph road.
As part of this year’s Brake campaign, “Let’s talk about speed,” which took place 19-26 November, Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP), including Essex Police, held mini days of action, alongside a Vision Zero enforcement day in Colchester on 25th November, to tackle the issues of speed and dangerous driving.
During the day of action, officers stopped 65 vehicles, which resulted in four vehicles being seized for insurance and licence offences and one vehicle being issued a prohibition notice for dangerous condition. A further 40 traffic offence reports were issued: 12 for mobile phone usage whilst driving, eight for not wearing a seatbelt and four for illegal window tints, limiting the driver’s vision.
School Speedwatch pupils monitored traffic movements in the vicinity of their schools, and with the help of a Roads Policing officer, they stopped speeding motorists to express their concerns about road safety outside their schools. Most drivers told pupils they hadn’t realised they were speeding after they were asked about their driving behaviour.
Nicola Foster, Chairman of Safer Essex Roads Partnership, said: “Road safety is paramount in the Partnership’s work all year round, but Brake’s Road Safety Week is a fantastic way to promote the issue of speed, and further pushing out the message- slow down on our roads, and keep Essex safe.”
Road safety is a key priority in making Essex safe for everyone, to improve road safety across the county and reduce the number of fatalities on our roads.
Last year, 48 people died as a result of fatal collisions: speeding was the contributory factor for three fatalities, and 53 serious injuries.
Vision Zero is our ambition to have no road deaths by 2040 or sooner.
For more information on Vision Zero and how you can play your part to keep roads in Essex safe, visit: www.saferessexroads.org/visionzero
01 December 2023