Twenty-seven drivers in Thurrock told to ‘buckle up and help us save lives’ as part of multi-agency road safety day

The latest day of action in support of Vision Zero, formally known as a Surround-A-Town day, took place on Tuesday, April 19. SERP partners worked together to educate road-users about the Partnership’s ambition to have zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2040.

Officers from Essex Police detected more than 90 offences, including 27 seatbelt offences, nine for no insurance or licence, 3 mobile phones and a massive 69 speeders were caught with the TruCam.

Officers working during the SAT day in Thurrock

Samantha Wright, Road Crime Operational Co-Ordinator for SERP, said: “We decided to change the name from Surround-A-Town days to Vision Zero days, to reflect our overarching Partnership aim.

“We don’t want to catch people breaking the law, we want people to stick to the law and help us achieve our ambition of having zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2040.

“If we can reduce speed on our roads, we can make real progress towards this vision. This is why, as a partner of SERP, Essex Police is changing the way we enforce speed and we want to remind road-users that if they speed, there’s a very high chance they’ll be caught.

“Shockingly, 27 drivers were spotted not wearing their seatbelt during the day and our officers and staff had to remind these drivers that seatbelts can reduce the risk of death by up to 70% in the event of a collision. A simple click can save your life and prevent your friends and family from experiencing the trauma of losing you to a road traffic collision.”

The Partnership holds around 40 Vision Zero days per year, across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. The initiative uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.


22 April 2022

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