The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is today (14th September 2021) releasing its draft Vision Zero Strategy document as part of its engagement activity with the residents, businesses and the road users of Essex.
Whilst considerable success was made in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the roads of Essex between 2005 and 2020, there were still 42 deaths and 675 serious injuries recorded in 2020. This is too many deaths and injuries and the Partnership has adopted an ambitious target to achieve ZERO deaths and serious injuries by 2040. In addition, an interim target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 50% has also been adopted by 2030.
We cannot achieve these targets alone and we need the support of all residents, businesses and road users.
Two draft documents are given below which detail how the Partnership proposes to meet the challenge of achieving these targets.
If you would like to make a comment or provide feedback on these strategies, please email us at: email@example.com by November 30th.
Vision Zero workshop presentation
This 11 minute long film used at the engagement workshop helps explain Vison Zero and the safe system approach by which it might be achieved.
About Vision Zero
How many people dying on the roads in Essex every year do you think is acceptable? 5? 20? 42? (42 is the actual number of people that died on our roads last year).
What if some of them were your family, your friends, neighbours, colleagues? When you think of it like this, isn’t one person killed one too many? Human beings make mistakes, but is it right that, sometimes, even a small mistake means that someone will not be going home?
The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) is launching Vision Zero. Vision Zero is our ambition to have ZERO road deaths and serious injuries on roads in the Essex, Southend and Thurrock council areas by 2040.
A spokesperson for SERP said: “We completely support Vision Zero, and are urging all leaders of Councils, emergency services and businesses, together with the people of Essex, to prevent these unacceptable and avoidable tragedies.
“As our roads get ever busier, we must not lose sight of what really matters – people’s safety.
“All our partners are totally committed to achieving Vision Zero, but it will only succeed if everyone who uses the roads in Essex is prepared to share this vision and work with us to achieve it”.
We are looking forward to working with anyone and everyone who shares our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on Essex roads. If you’d like to know more or want to contribute please contact us at saferessexroads
We all recognise the enormity of this challenge. To get to zero by 2040, we need to halve the current number of deaths and serious injuries by 2030 which we know will involve many changes and will require the commitment of all communities and organisations, as well as each individual road user.
We feel that the passion behind Vision Zero is captured by the impact of this film from The Transport Accident Commission Victoria (Australia) Towards Zero.
We hope you will find it as inspiring as we did.
Vision Zero – frequently asked questions
Click here (PDF) to find the answers to a number of frequently asked questions about our Vision Zero initiative.
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