Mobile phone and seatbelt offences detected at ‘Surround a Town’ in Epping

SERP Epping
Epping High Street. Image © AcabashiCreative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0; Source: Wikimedia Commons

The latest ‘Surround a Town’ event took place in Epping on 18 May, with a string of mobile phone and seatbelt offences detected by Essex Police.

Surround a town sees SERP focus resources in a concentrated and geographically targeted area, often where there are high rates of collisions and casualties. The initiative uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.

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

The Epping operation saw 33 drivers caught using a mobile phone, while a further 95 seatbelt offences were detected.

Essex Police stopped 19 drivers for speeding, and five motorists for careless driving/riding. Two people were stopped for driving without insurance.

Elsewhere on the same day, 13 people were stopped by a School Speed Watch team – the highest speed recorded being 55mph on a 30mph road.

On Epping High Street, SERP partners engaged with more than 70 members of the public.

This is the latest in a series of Surround a Town events, with others staged recently in Southend-on-Sea and Great Notley.

22 May 2018

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