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.

On the weekend of 9 June, the team, including Special Constables, travelled over 1,000 miles across Uttlesford and caught 169 speeders. One of these included a man who was found speeding in the morning on his motorbike and then in the afternoon is his van.

On the weekend of June 20, the team travelled nearly 1,500 miles across the Epping Forest district and detected 633 speeders, the highest speed being 118mph. Two people were also arrested for drug-driving.

Matt Hine, road crime manager, said: “It’s really important to us that we show our rural communities that we do care about their concerns and we will respond robustly to them.

“Since Covid19 we know that speeding has increased across the county and this is simply unacceptable. Speed is the number one cause of serious injuries and deaths on our roads and we must do everything we can do be visible and highlight the dangers.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from the community including personal “thank you’s” which I know the team has appreciated.

“We have such a passionate team who are dedicated to keep Essex roads safe. Over the coming weekends my team will be continuing this excellent work and will visit areas such as Tendring and Maldon.”

For updates on activity and results follow @EPRoadsPolicing and @SaferEssexRoads on Twitter.

02 July 2020

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