THE ROAD accident rate in East Sussex continues to fall short of national safety targets.
However, local road safety champion Sarah Osborne has scored a victory for the local community by getting a motion calling for 20 mph speed limits in local residential areas passed by Lewes District Council.
The new proposed speed limits have been welcomed by local emergency services as safer limits can help decrease child road accidents by up to 70 per cent and bring down general accident rates by 23 per cent.
Cllr Osborne’s motion called for East Sussex County Council to urgently assess the feasibility of introducing 20mph limits on residential roads in the towns and villages of Lewes District.
The Lib Dem member said: “There is strong support for lower speed limits. Lewes Living Streets has collected more than 1,500 signatures for 20mph zones and the majority of local residents’ say road safely is their top local concern.
“Although some roads are not appropriate for 20mph limits, in particular major trunk roads and arterial routes, this motion is a brilliant first step.”
Cllr Osborne added: “My motion has the support of local organisations, our emergency services, cross party support and was passed unanimously at Lewes District Council.
“It is vital that the Conservative County Group listens this time to local residents pleas for safer roads and allows local residents to have a say on speed limits in our area.”