Essex: Concerns raised after road deaths increase in 2012

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Essex: Concerns raised after road deaths increase in 2012 Essex: Concerns raised after road deaths increase in 2012

Police have expressed their concern after the number of people killed in road accidents in Essex rose during 2012.

There had previously been a year-on-year reduction in road deaths, but 48 people died in 46 separate incidents last year.

This compares to 41 people dying in 38 fatal incidents during 2011.

Road policing chief inspector Rachel Nolan said: "The figures are disappointing and we can only hope our road safety messages hit home in 2013. These fatal crashes are needless.”

"The four main contributing factors being road crashes, whether they result in death or not, are failure to wear a seat belt, mobile telephone abuse, drink-driving or speeding.

"All road users must be aware of this. If all of these factors were cut out and motoring laws adhered to then people would not be injured or killed.”

The Essex Casualty Reduction Board, a partnership between Essex Police, Essex County Council and Essex Fire and Rescue, funds road safety operations throughout the year designed to educate people and improve their road skills and awareness.

Last year, 3,600 people were injured in collisions, with 670 of those being classed as serious.

By comparison, in 2011, 4,000 people were injured and 745 of these casualties were classed as serious.

Chief Insp Nolan said: "We will continue to rigorously enforce offences relating to the four key road safety factors throughout the next 12 months.”

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11:53am Tue 1 Jan 13

blackrat2 says...

Is it just coincidence that last year Essex Police diluted the role of the 'traffic' officer and now deaths are on the increase? No longer can these dedicated skilled officers focus their attention on the four contributing factors behind road crashes as detailed by Chief Inspector Nolan and and so reduce the number of you being killed and seriously injured - road policing seems to be a low priority with those with their hands on the purse strings - the figures could suggest this is a false economy.
Is it just coincidence that last year Essex Police diluted the role of the 'traffic' officer and now deaths are on the increase? No longer can these dedicated skilled officers focus their attention on the four contributing factors behind road crashes as detailed by Chief Inspector Nolan and and so reduce the number of you being killed and seriously injured - road policing seems to be a low priority with those with their hands on the purse strings - the figures could suggest this is a false economy. blackrat2
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9:30pm Tue 1 Jan 13

greenbroker says...

Does this mean more speed cameras?
Does this mean more speed cameras? greenbroker
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9:40pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Parish says...

Fully agree that they should never have disbanded the Traffic Division which was one of the best in the Country.It even had a dedicated Heavy Goods Vehicle section.
Problem is that Essex County Council seems incapable of most duties when it comes to Road Safety. They can not mend a pot hole and they are fully aware of where speed limits need to be reduced but do nothing.
Perhaps somebody needs to work out how much all these accidents cost before playing about with road users lives and that includes pedestrians.
Fully agree that they should never have disbanded the Traffic Division which was one of the best in the Country.It even had a dedicated Heavy Goods Vehicle section. Problem is that Essex County Council seems incapable of most duties when it comes to Road Safety. They can not mend a pot hole and they are fully aware of where speed limits need to be reduced but do nothing. Perhaps somebody needs to work out how much all these accidents cost before playing about with road users lives and that includes pedestrians. Parish
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