MORE people died on the roads of Sussex last month (June) that at any time during the past five years.
Shocking figures reveal some 13 people were killed – more than in any month since June 2006.
The number of people killed or seriously injured on roads usually rises in the Summer months. But the June figures have sent alarm bells ringing for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP). Phil Henty, SSRP operations manager, said: “The effect of these fatal collisions is undeniably tragic for the families, friends and communities of those involved.
“Whilst there are tens of thousands of miles travelled safely by Sussex road users every day, there are some that end in potentially avoidable tragedy.
“We are urging road users to abide by the laws of the road, be on alert for the actions of other motorists and to take extra care while making their way around Sussex.” Police are trying to keep a ‘strong presence on the roads’ according to SSRP. Mobile safety cameras are used to track speeding vehicles. Police have also gone out on patrol and used unmarked motorcycles to crack down on a range of offences.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, of the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said: “We are working closely with our Partners to keep people safe on the roads of Sussex and prevent further tragedies. We would like to remind people to look out for others on the road - other cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. “There is a lot of research that tells us that drink driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones all increase risk on the roads and we would urge you to abide by the laws that are there to keep you safe. If you are on medication or feeling unwell, please make sure you are fit to drive before you get behind the wheel. “These are all simple things that everyone can do to keep each other out of harm’s way.” Phillip Blakemore, of the arson & incident reduction team for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said a ‘number of road safety initiatives’ were being used.
He added: “Working alongside our partners within the SSRP we strive to significantly reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of East Sussex, Brighton & Hove.” SSRP has called on residents to make roads safer for all by using Operation Crackdown to report any anti-social driving such as speeding, driving whilst using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt.
Reports can be made online at www.OperationCrackdown.org or phone: 01243 642222.