Five-year high for county road deaths

THIRTEEN people lost their lives on the roads of Sussex last month - more than any month since June 2006.

While the number killed and seriously injured on the roads tends to rise slightly during summer months, June’s figures are particularly concerning for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP).

“The effect of these fatal collisions is undeniably tragic for families, friends and communities of those involved,” said Phil Henty, SSRP operations manager.

“While there are tens of thousands of miles travelled safely by Sussex road users every day, there are some that end in potentially avoidable tragedy.

“We are urging road users to abide by the laws of the road, be on alert to the actions of other motorists and to take extra care while making their way around Sussex.”

Sussex Police are using mobile safety cameras to detect instances of excessive speed as well as Roads Policing Unit patrol vehicles and unmarked motorcycles to crack down on a range of offences.

Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, of the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said, “We are working closely with our partners to keep people safe on the roads of Sussex and prevent further tragedies.

“We remind people to look out for others on the road - other cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.

“There is a lot of research that tells us drink driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones all increase risk on the roads and we would urge you to abide by the laws that are there to keep you safe.

“If you are on medication or feeling unwell, please make sure you are fit to drive before you get behind the wheel.

“These are all simple things that everyone can do to keep each other out of harm’s way.”