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Three people killed on Essex roads in 24 hours

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued road safety advice following three fatal road traffic collisions in Essex over the weekend.

The collisions took place in Littlebury (near Saffron Walden), Epping and Leigh on Sea on Saturday 1 July and in the early hours of Sunday 2 July.

Kevin Jenner, RTC Reduction Team Leader, said:

“On average, the fire service attend over 1,200 road traffic collisions every year, as an emergency service we see the devastating effect of these crashes. As the summer holidays are fast approaching, our roads are expected to get even busier we are urging everyone to follow our road safety advice:

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. Also ensure all children and babies have the correct seat.
• Don’t use your mobile device whilst driving,  wait until you have pulled over in a safe place and applied your handbrake. Using your mobile device whist driving your four times more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision, when caught you will also face six points and a £200 fine.
• Allow plenty of time to carry out your journey and check traffic updates before you leave. It is important to lead by example: stick to the speed limit and make sure you always drive at an appropriate speed.
• If you have had an alcoholic drink then don’t drive, get a lift or order a cab, you could also be over the drink drive limit the following day.

For any more information: https://saferessexroads.org/

Essex Police are urging anyone who witnessed the collisions to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

 

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