A FALL in the number of people killed on the county’s roads last year (2011) has not lessened the continuing concern police have with the number of drivers who continue to endanger the lives of others.
The reduction in the overall number of road deaths is encouraging but, with 41 people killed, road policing officers know that they and others “should not relax for one moment”.
Road Policing Inspector Scott Egerton said: “2011 saw too many people needlessly die on our roads. The overall figures are encouraging and hopefully our road safety messages are hitting home.”
Figures show that six motorcyclists were killed in road crashes during 2011, with 17 drivers, seven passengers, 10 pedestrians and one cyclist also dying on the county’s roads. During 2010, 52 people were killed in 51 fatal crashes (12 were motorcyclists).
Throughout the year, Essex Police, county, district and borough councils work together on a host of initiatives designed to reduce the number of casualties on the roads. The Essex Casualty Reduction Board, consisting of Essex Police, Essex County Council and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, fund a number of road safety operations designed to educate people with the aim of enhancing their road skills and general awareness.
Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Manager Adam Pipe added: “There were 41 people killed on our roads in 2011. Many of these deaths were avoidable. If we can encourage road users to act in a more responsible manner then we may just see these figures fall in 2012. There are still far too many people who think that driving or riding are a way of getting a thrill, but it’s a sad fact that these motorists and motorcyclists are a danger to themselves and other road users, and we will continue to take positive action against them.
“A large percentage of these crashes involving death and serious injury are attributable to three main reasons: Driving too fast for the conditions or signed limit, failure to wear seat belts and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We will continue to rigorously enforce these offences throughout the next twelve months.”
In addition, a decrease was experienced in the number of fatal collisions with 38 accounting for the 41 people killed as opposed to the 51 which killed 52 in 2010.
In 2011, 3,800 people were injured in collisions with 670 of those being classed as serious. The comparative 2010 figure stood at 4,000 people injured of which 745 casualties were classed as serious.