BRAKES ROAD SAFETY WEEK – COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH ENGAGEMENT, NOVEMBER 2022
The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is shouting out for ‘Safe Roads for All’ as it carried out a series of events in support of Road Safety Week.
Road Safety Week brings together communities and professionals to speak up for everyone’s right to safe and healthy journeys on our road network. Organised by charity Brake, the campaign raised awareness of key areas of road safety, including safe vehicles and speeds, the recent updates to the Highway Code and the new hierarchy of road users. Throughout the week SSRP held and supported numerous engagements, such as Safe Drive Stay Alive, Theatre in Education and Community Speedwatch engagements around Sussex.
Road Safety Week 2022 took place from 14 to 20 November 2022.
To find out more please visit: Road Safety Week | Brake
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) joined Community Speedwatch (CSW) volunteers in Seaford, on Friday the 18th of November, to target local speeding concerns with support from Roads Policing Unit (RPU), for an afternoon full of activity – in response to reports of speeding in this area around school time. SSRP attended, with the engagement vehicle, housing all supporting literature and resources to educate drivers about the consequences of driving at an unsafe speed. An RPU Officer and SSRP Casualty Reduction Officer were there to intersect those over the limit speed, supporting the data collection of the volunteers.
We encourage all road users to think about their speed and to always travel within the designated speed limit. Inappropriate speed can have a devastating impact on the safety of road users and the wider community. Approximately 1 in 3 Killed and Seriously Injured on Sussex roads is related to inappropriate speeding.
Drivers are reminded that the speed limit is the limit, not a target.
Visit the GOV.UK website for National Speed Limits information.
Community Speedwatch Officer SPOC for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Steve O’Connell, supported the event and said:
‘A joint exercise was carried out by Sussex Safer Roads and Sussex Roads Policing Unit to support the work of Community Speedwatch in Seaford on Friday 18th November 2022. This site in Claremont Road the A259 is a notorious pinch point for children crossing a busy A road with no crossing only a drop curb and traffic Island on a bend by the white Lion Hotel and the Shops. SSRP Officers sited the Engagement Vehicle near to the shops whilst a Road Policing Unit stopped motorists who were recorded over the speed limit of 30mph coming from Seaford Town Centre west bound towards Newhaven.
As part of this exercise drivers were invited to speak to the Casualty Reduction Team about the dangers of inappropriate speed in a residential area rather than fine and points.
In 55 mins during school home time 10 vehicle were stopped and opted for education with speeds in a 30mph ranging from 36mph to 41mph.
This type of engagement demonstrated the lack of speed awareness and surroundings this will be repeated in other sites where the data / complaints suggest there is a need for this type of KSI Reduction Exercise based on the work of Community Speedwatch’.
Our album of images taken in Seaford is now available here on our website over in our gallery!
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