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Service urges drivers to take extra care on the roads

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers to take care on the roads after last month saw the highest number of deaths on the roads of Essex in nine years.

In February 2016 10 people lost their lives in road incidents in Essex while a further 67 people were seriously injured. This is compared to three fatal road incidents and 39 serious injuries in the same time period last year.

The Service, which is part of the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, run a number of initiatives designed to make the County’s roads safer.

Schemes include engaging with modified car enthusiasts and motorcyclists through the hugely successful FireCar and FireBike schemes, engaging with people through the Service’s high-tech Community Wheels mobile demonstration vehicle, engaging with elderly drivers and talking to pupils and students at schools and colleges across Essex.

Sub Officer Kevin Jenner, RTC Reduction Manager, said: “There is no trend which emerges from these shocking statistics. No one particular group has been affected more than any other so we are urging all motorists and pedestrians to be more careful.

“It is as simple being aware of how you are driving or crossing the road. Slow down, make sure you wear a seatbelt, be aware of other motorists, never use any kind of phone or hand held device while you’re driving and under no circumstances drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“If we all take extra care on the roads we can make the county a safer place.”

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has brought together the emergency services and the three local authority areas of Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council to provide a road safety service across the entire County.

To find out more about staying safe on the roads visit the Safer Essex Roads Partnership site at: https://saferessexroads.org/road-users/

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