Speed offences detected during Epping ‘Surround a Town’ day
Nearly 300 speeding offences were detected during a recent ‘Surround a Town’ event in Epping – with the help of a TruCam handheld speed enforcement device.
Organised by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP), Surround a Town sees resources focussed on a tight geographical 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.
The latest Surround a Town day took place in Epping on 21 March, with 280 excess speed offences detected.
Further to that, 102 seatbelt offences were also recorded – while five arrests were made for drug driving.
A total of 23 drivers were caught using a mobile phone at the wheel.
Among the excuses provided included:
- I wasn’t using my phone – I did pick it up when it made a noise and swiped the facebook message from the screen – but I wasn’t using the phone
- I’m having a really stressful day and I needed to take this call from work
- I don’t normally use the phone while driving but I’m running late for work and I wanted to let them know I was on my way
In terms of education, SERP partners spoke to 240 people in Epping High Street, with a large number mentioning that they had seen the enforcement site.
A School Speedwatch saw children speak to seven drivers – and an eighth was handed an FPN (fixed penalty notice) after being caught speeding at 42mph on a 30mph road.
29 March 2019