This is the message Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will be reminding the public of, as they continue work to combat the high speeds taking place on Sussex roads.
Following on from the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday 10th May, the government has released updated information regarding ongoing lockdown restrictions. The new guidance addresses aspects such as the return to work, social distancing and avoidance of public transport where possible. These changes will undoubtedly have an effect on road use and safety across the roads of Sussex.
“At this time, it is essential that people are able to exercise for both physical and mental health” comments Chief Inspector Michael Hodder of Surrey and Sussex Police. “Cycling, jogging and walking are great options and we want people to be able to undertake these activities safely without fear of injury. However, it is unfortunate that there are a minority of people that think speeding is acceptable. We urge drivers and motorcyclists to ditch the excuses and remind them we will be enforcing speed limits at high priority locations targeting those who present themselves to be a danger on the roads.”
Whilst active travel is widely encouraged, Chief Inspector Michael Hodder’s message is clear: ‘Emptier roads may lead to temptation for irresponsible drivers who do not foresee the consequences of their actions. It only takes a split second for something catastrophic to happen. We must share the roads responsibly, with more pedestrians and cyclists outdoors, it is imperative we continue to work together to reduce the pressure on the NHS and emergency services, so they can focus their efforts on saving lives and caring for our communities.”
In support of the work Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police colleagues are undertaking to improve road safety across Sussex, The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourn commented; “Sussex residents are still telling me that road safety is one of their top local priorities, especially after the emptier roads during lockdown have led to reckless drivers ignoring safe speed limits.
We have invested more money into the roads policing unit over the last year, and I’m pleased to see that the team are able to take proactive action to reduce the impact of the ‘fatal four’ during this crisis and beyond. Sussex Police will be on the lookout – if you are caught speeding or driving irresponsibly in any way, there will be consequences.
Remember, there are no excuses. You could be putting your own life and the lives of others in serious danger."
Sussex Safer Roads Partnerships will be supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council Fatal Four National Speed Campaign, taking place throughout May 2020.