Road Safety Week sees extra police patrols and enforcement on Essex roads and education campaigns

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Specialist roads policing officers are taking part in an intensive week of action to improve road safety from today.

They have teamed up with the fire service and county council for the national campaign, organised by road safety charity BRAKE in partnership with police, road safety organisations, the Department for Transport and Highways Agency.

Police will be carrying out checks on private and commercial vehicles and extra patrols will be out on the A12 from Brentwood to the Suffolk border.

Similar operations will be held in and around Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon, Epping Forest, Southend and on other main routes.

Officers will also be on the look-out for drink drivers, working with VOSA and the DVLA and taking part in school and community speedwatch events.

Essex County Council will be holding Crucial Crew education sessions in secondary schools.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction ranager said: "Road Safety Week is an opportunity for police, partner agencies and the public to work closely together with a common aim to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.

"Speeding, tiredness, impatience, inexperience, recklessness and badly maintained vehicles are all factors which can lead to terrible crashes that can bring heartache to many families.

"We have various operations that are carried out throughout the year to deal with poor driving standards or dangerous vehicles but Road Safety Week brings together police, partners and our many volunteers for a week of intensive activities focusing on engagement, education and enforcement.

"We will be talking to drivers at the roadside, teaching road safety in schools and to young drivers and volunteers will be carrying out community speed watches across the county.

"We will be stopping and advising offending drivers or sending them on driver improvement scheme if they are seen speeding, driving while using mobiles or not using seat belts.

"Enforcement action will be taken for more serious offences or against drivers who persistently offend.”

Rodney Bass, county council cabinet member for highways, said: "Essex County Council is keen to work together with the police and other agencies to deliver a wide range of activities as part of our efforts to reduce the number of collisions and injuries on the road.”

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10:24am Mon 9 Jun 14

Catchedicam says...

Lets hope that they 'educate' many of the idiots who drive on the A12 making ordinary drivers live a misery.
Lets hope that they 'educate' many of the idiots who drive on the A12 making ordinary drivers live a misery. Catchedicam
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11:20am Mon 9 Jun 14

Rose77 says...

I would love Essex Police traffic officers to drive up and down the A12 (especially on the three lane sections) and when they see someone hogging a lane for no good reason, simply pull in front of them and use their matrix display board to say something along the lines of "use the lanes properly - move over", this would be a great way of educating so many with minimal paperwork and hopefully the message would get through... failing to adhere to the instruction to move lane should result in 13 penalty points!

Once lane discipline is nailed, I would welcome Essex Police to move on to tailgaters and speeding drivers, but I suspect the latter would be eased significantly by reducing the former.
I would love Essex Police traffic officers to drive up and down the A12 (especially on the three lane sections) and when they see someone hogging a lane for no good reason, simply pull in front of them and use their matrix display board to say something along the lines of "use the lanes properly - move over", this would be a great way of educating so many with minimal paperwork and hopefully the message would get through... failing to adhere to the instruction to move lane should result in 13 penalty points! Once lane discipline is nailed, I would welcome Essex Police to move on to tailgaters and speeding drivers, but I suspect the latter would be eased significantly by reducing the former. Rose77
  • Score: 10

3:59pm Mon 9 Jun 14

OnlyMeee says...

Great.

Hopefully some of this education will be directed towards their own officers.

Many a time have I followed a police car into a 30MPH zone, slowed down accordingly, only for the police car to go sailing off into the distance at whatever speed he was previously doing.

Once I followed one of them doing 45+MPH in a 30 for quite a prolonged period of time before I eventually turned off. No lights, sirens or anything to suggest they were on a call.

Or the Police driver I was behind from North Fambridge to Burnham a few weeks ago who, whilst not speeding, seemed to be constantly crossing the centre line - even in places where it was a solid or double solid white line.

Had that have been you or I, we would likely be prosecuted for driving without due care & attention or at the very least "given some words of advice"!
Great. Hopefully some of this education will be directed towards their own officers. Many a time have I followed a police car into a 30MPH zone, slowed down accordingly, only for the police car to go sailing off into the distance at whatever speed he was previously doing. Once I followed one of them doing 45+MPH in a 30 for quite a prolonged period of time before I eventually turned off. No lights, sirens or anything to suggest they were on a call. Or the Police driver I was behind from North Fambridge to Burnham a few weeks ago who, whilst not speeding, seemed to be constantly crossing the centre line - even in places where it was a solid or double solid white line. Had that have been you or I, we would likely be prosecuted for driving without due care & attention or at the very least "given some words of advice"! OnlyMeee
  • Score: 16

8:33am Thu 12 Jun 14

Grumpy36 says...

I drove from Sandon junctions right into London on the A12 yesterday, not a police car in sight, people driving like maniacs!
Come on Essex Police get more officers out there
I drove from Sandon junctions right into London on the A12 yesterday, not a police car in sight, people driving like maniacs! Come on Essex Police get more officers out there Grumpy36
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