The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is continuing its work to reduce road casualties across Sussex with education, enforcement and engineering.
The partnership brings together teams from Sussex Police, East and West Sussex County Councils, East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, Brighton and Hove City Council and Highways England. We believe that, together, we can create a safer environment for all road users, significantly reduce life-changing injuries and eliminate fatalities.
Using the wealth of knoweldge and experience within the partnership, we aim to provide advice and support to all road users across Sussex. We refine and develop strategies to promote road safety and to encourage everyone to consider how they use the roads and how everyone can become safer. Recommendations and guidance are offered to urge everyone to share the roads and to foster an attitide of safety for all on our roads.
There are still too many collisions in Sussex and some of these can be avoided. Through a range of campaigns and initiatives, we intend to raise awareness of; laws, key messages, preventative measures, information and guidance to create safer roads for all.
Many serious incidents that occur on the roads of Sussex are due to excessive or inappropriate speed. The faster you are travelling the less time you have to react to challenging situations on the roads. Safety cameras and high visibility mobile enforcement operations are two methods we use which help us to alter behaviour and reduce speed on the roads of Sussex. We believe that a high visibility approach to camera enforcement is best. In addition to camera enforcement, Sussex Police operate marked and unmarked vehicles to patrol the county's roads. They look out for speeding offences, anti-social driving, those under the influence of drink or drugs, individuals not wearing seatbelts and those that are distracted behind the wheel, for example; using a hand-held mobile phone. They also target those using the roads in such a way that could potentially cause harm to themselves or others.
Partner highway authorities undertake the engineering changes on our roads. By working together they can share best practice and experience. They continually review casualty data and identify locations on the road network which would benefit from safety improvements to help reduce the risk to all road users.
Analysis of the factors involved in collisions is vitally important when identifying such areas, and feasibility studies are then carried out to determine the best engineering solution for the circumstances, from installing a pedestrian island in the middle of a busy road to completely re-profiling a sharp bend. Engineering solutions play a vital part in making our roads safer for all.