The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the European-wide speed enforcement week, which is coordinated by TISPOL, Europe’s traffic police network, from the 6th to the 12nd of August 2018. Police Forces across Europe will be carrying our simultaneous speed enforcement campaigns this week.
Working with partners in Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU), the aims of the campaign are:
To target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences.
To inform drivers of the risks - both to themselves and to other road users associated with speeding.
To encourage drivers to obey speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment.
A number of tactics are being put into action during the week, to work alongside the day to day activities that RPU will be carrying out.
The safety camera team will be using their combination of fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign. As well as speed, they are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences. They will be working with colleagues to ensure a robust stance is taken on tackling speeding offences in the county both this and every week. Video of the team at work is in this blog.
Sussex’s Community Speed watch groups (CSW) will be providing extra support in local areas with their team of volunteers. CSW is a national initiative that assists the work of the police, where members of the public use speed detection devices to capture offences, which are then referred back to the police through Operation Crackdown. If you are interested in joining or starting a group in your area, please see: https://www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk/.
The week will also include a 24 hour speed marathon, starting at 6am on the 8th of August, running to 6am on the 9th of August. SSRP will be deploying the Operation Crackdown Strike Team in order to provide a further visible policing presence on the roads. The Strike Team, made up of special constables, will be targeting collision hot-spots in Sussex and providing advice to road users, in order to instigate behavioural change.
Once again, today will see Community Speed watch out across the county helpiing to influence driver behaviour on our roads and helping us all to feel that little bit safer on the roads. I joined the team in Hastings to see what they were doing and how successful they were. Bob Kenward is the Team Leader on this ocassion.
Sergeant Badman, Partnership Sergeant for SSRP, said: “Speed is a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions, this campaign demonstrates willingness by police forces across Europe to tackle this issue and highlight the possibility to motorists that being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed will be greatly increased. Speeding reduces your chances to survive any collision you may be in. You may think you’re in control of your vehicle, but you are not in control of what others are doing on the road. They could be the difference between life and death.”
We ask all road users to obey the speed limits and remember that they are a limit and not a target – slowing down could save a life.
You can keep up to date with activities by following @SussexSRP, @CommunitySpeedw and @SussexRoadsPol. And also follow us on Facebook at sussexsaferroads
As the week has progressed - more and more speed watch groups have been out monitoring the traffic in their areas. Where able the teams have been supported by local Neighbourhood Prevention Teams who have looked to carry out enforcement activity.
Here the local Prevention Team from Chichester were out on the B2145 carryng out enforcement activity led by the Police Community Support Officer Jason Lemm.
Speed Watch in Worthing have also been very active this week - Having monitored traffic at several sites they have sent details of vehicles over the speed limit to Operation Crackdown for processing. The group also reported there was a Ford Transit in Grand Ave which deliberately passed at 47mph and the vehicle's road tax expired 30th April this year. There was also a young learner driver in Marine Drive monitored at 40mph at 9.35am. The vehicle returned 2 minutes later in the opposite direction - on both occasions, the supervisor raised fingers of abuse.
Roads Policing Unit officers have also been at the roadside carrying out enforcement activity. The mobile Camera Safety Team also continue to carry out work on roads that have a history collisions or roads where there is evidence of speeding taking place.The week long activity across Europe will continue until Sunday. Enforcement, education and engineering activity never stops across Sussex and will continue at a local level with the aim being to reduce the amount of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads and to make us all feel that little bit safer