Essex wants more enforcement of road traffic offences
People who live, work or travel in Essex want more enforcement of road traffic offences and tougher penalties for those who speed or fail to wear a seatbelt.
Last month, Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex asked people to take part in a national roads policing survey organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Road Safety Portfolio.
The results of the survey are helping to inform Police and Crime Commissioners and feed into the submission to the Department for Transport’s Call for Evidence which is looking at how enforcement can be enhanced.
In Essex, 3,740 people took part and the headline results are:
• More than 40 per cent of the respondents said they felt unsafe or very unsafe on the roads
• More than 60 per cent said they witnesses road traffic offences on a daily basis
• 88 per cent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that road safety offences required more enforcement
• 75 per cent of respondents said they either strongly agreed or agreed that fixed penalty notices for speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt should be increased.
You can view the full and local results here: https://www.apccs.police.uk/latest-news/apcc-road-safety-survey-results/
Roger Hirst said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. The results clearly show people are concerned and want more enforcement. Improving safety on our roads are priorities in both our Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan and we will continue to work hard to respond to the concerns of Essex residents to reduce harm on the roads and promote safer driving.
“More people in Essex die on our roads than in any other kind of accident or crime. That’s why it is so important that we were able contribute to this review so we can make a difference in the future.”