Vision Zero – Roads Policing officers arrest 32 motorists and issue over 3,700 tickets

Crime / Sat 12th Aug 2023 at 05:20pm

VISION Zero –  Roads Policing officers arrest 32 motorists and issue over 3,700 tickets, to keep you and the roads in Essex safe.

Each month, our Roads Policing Unit (RPU) carry out policing activities targeting drivers who break the law on our roads or make poor driving decisions, causing harm to other road users.

Under the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, Vision Zero is a partnership approach to tackle poor and dangerous driving which aims to have no road deaths in Essex by 2040 or sooner.

Vision Zero days identify locations across the county where problematic road-related issues prevent the safe road use for everyone.

Between April and June, Vision Zero days issued 3,728 tickets for offences known as the Fatal Four – offences that are recognised contributory factors in serious and fatal collisions. Those drivers were issued tickets for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, careless driving and using a mobile phone whilst driving – all offences which distract the driver and take their attention away from the road.

Vision Zero involves a range of policing activities, including static police check areas and dedicated patrols within the targeted area. 

Over the three-month period, RPU officers worked with local council enforcement officers, Speedwatch volunteers and pupils from Schoolwatch where pupils interact with speeding drivers to impress upon the motorist the impact their driving could have on other road users, including pupils walking to and from school.

In addition to tickets being issued, RPU made 32 arrests for traffic and other crimes, seized 139 vehicles for no insurance and licence offences and a further 564 road offences enforced.

During this period of time, Vision Zero targeted locations in Southend, Colchester, Thurrock, Brentwood, Braintree, Stansted, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Harlow, Canvey, Basildon, and Epping.

SERP have launched the Vision Zero Pledge calling on all drivers to pledge their support to the elimination of deaths and serious injuries on the county’s roads.

By signing the pledge, available on the SERP website, members of the community will be asked to take action in several ways when using our roads: some of the ways are – 

• To be alert, considerate and careful, every time you use the roads

• To drive within the posted speed limit or more slowly, to allow for unforeseen risks

• To always wear a seatbelt and insist that passengers do the same

• To put your mobile phone away or on silent when driving and avoid other distractions

Pledge your support today and find out how you can support Vision Zero,  visit saferessexroads.org/visionzero/pledge

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4 Comments for Vision Zero – Roads Policing officers arrest 32 motorists and issue over 3,700 tickets:

2023-08-12 23:13:58

Every other crime and you get an crime reference number and that's it but when it comes to the good old motorists it's kerching!!

Guy Flegman
2023-08-14 07:35:15

Maybe they should focus on zero murder, zero rape ,zero stabbing deaths by 2040. Oh just realised there are no fines to collect off the back of those crimes.

2023-08-14 09:47:23

Dave and Guy. In the last three years 150+ people have died on the roads of Essex. Far more than murdered. If your loved one died because someone was on their phone or driving poorly I am sure your attitude would be different.

2023-08-15 07:46:18

It's been technically possible for decades to prevent and control speeding entirely automatically. Now we have gps and all cars run using computer technology it's even more possible from both satellites and roadside signals from speed signs. Doing this would virtually eliminate speeding entirely without the use of any police time. It's much the same tec adapted that gives you a speed readout on a sat nav can control the speed of a car. There's also tec that can be used to remotely stop a car, criminals have used it to hijack vehicles: if applied by the police then virtually all of the extremely dangerous high speed pursuits wouldn't happen. The freedom lobby "free to speed" seems to control the agenda here, makes no sense. The cost of not employing this tec is too high to ignore. It would probably improve public attitudes towards the police because most people's experience is of being pulled over and fined.

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