More than 60 per cent of Essex residents say they witness road traffic offences on a daily basis.

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 survey, in which 3,740 people took part, found more than 40 per cent of the county's drivers felt unsafe on the roads.

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.

A further 88 per cent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that road safety offences required more enforcement while 75 per cent said they either strongly agreed or agreed that fixed penalty notices for speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt should be increased.

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.”

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