Road crashes fall in Essex but concerns over M11

THE number of people killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Essex has fallen in the last year.

Essex police said 46 people died in the county in 2017 – that’s down from 64 deaths the year before.

861 were seriously injured following collisions in the county in 2017, compared to 970 in 2016.

The force said the M11 is the worst in the county for collisions.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, said: Our most vulnerable road users are drivers and passengers aged between 17 and 25, motorcyclists, older drivers, and pedestrians and we will be focussing our engagement, enforcement and education work towards them.”

“The M11 is still the route where we see the highest number of collisions and, alongside our partners, we’ll keep working to make it safer.

“We also continue to see people drink driving with 1,061 people arrested for it last year – a rise from 2016. This is unacceptable and will again be a focus for us in the coming 12 months.”

2017 saw key changes to national legislation including an increase in the penalty for using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Since the beginning of March last year, Essex Police have dealt with more than 2,000 mobile phone offences.

2018 will also see the introduction of a Close Pass Scheme to help protect cyclists and identify drivers putting cyclists in danger.

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