Concerns over traffic restrictions in Roffey

A father has raised concern for his children’s safety after a car hit his hand when it was forced to drive too closely to the kerb on their school run.

The man, who would like to be known only as Barry due to fears of reprisals, told the County Times that the traffic calming measures on Crawley Road have since caused more problems.

He said: “I was walking home with my two children after picking them up from school when my hand was hit by a car’s wing mirror.

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“My children are eight and ten and it quite easily could have been their heads that were hit.”

Barry added that he believed the car had right of way, but another vehicle came through causing the car to be too close to the kerb in a squeeze through the restrictions which were introduced in June 2000.

The measures have been subject to much local discussion, good and bad.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Police were contacted by a member of the public who reported that shortly before 4pm on Tuesday March 5, the wing mirror of a passing car hit his hand while he was on the pavement in Crawley Road, Horsham.

“He was not hurt but the car, described as a yellow Mercedes convertible, did not stop.”

The spokesman explained that the incident has been filed under Operation Crackdown.

The initiative, which is joint run by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) and Sussex Police, gives the Sussex community an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving/riding as well as any abandoned vehicles left on the roads.

Barry continued: “They were brazen enough to carry on when they’d hit me so people need to be careful as by trying to reduce the speed, other problems have now been created.

“It would be better off by not having those restrictions at all, having ramps or cameras there or by make it bigger so only one vehicle can go through at a time.”

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