The Safer Essex Roads Partnership
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex attended the formal launch of the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) on September 17, 2015.
Through a wide range of activities, largely funded by receipts from Driver Awareness Training courses and from penalty fines for roads offences, SERP aims to reduce further the numbers of those killed or seriously injured on the roads of Essex.
Nick Alston said: “Road safety has been a consistent area of focus for me as Police and Crime Commissioner and for Essex Police. I am delighted to give the launch of SERP my full support.
“Too many people die or any seriously injured on our roads, and tackling this area of real harm will always rely on close partnership working between those responsible for the roads, the emergency services and the public.
“The partnership work is crucial, but so is the way we use our roads. We need to ensure that the behaviour of all of us as drivers and road users reduces the risk of harm.
“SERP will continue to drive home the message there can be No Excuse for bad driving. Excess speed, the use of mobile phones, not using seatbelts and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs all significantly increase the risk of collisions and the resulting harm. Small changes in driver behaviour can reap significant benefits.
“Essex Police has a strong capability to enforce traffic laws and to work to reduce casualties. The numbers of those stopped for offences that increase the risk of collisions and harm have increased significantly this year and this work will continue.
“But what marks out SERP is the essential partnership between Essex Police, Essex County Council, Southend and Thurrock Councils, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and Highways England.”