Wealden has more miles of rural roads than any other Sussex district and in recent years it has seen an increase in road traffic casualties at a time when nationally numbers are declining.
Speaking to Wealden’s November Full Council Meeting, Chief Constable Giles York praised the work done by the Council in highlighting the serious issues of road safety in Wealden, and stressed the importance of Enforcement, Education and Engineering in helping to save lives.
He said it was important to use social media and other new ways of getting the safety message across to younger drivers and those who failed to accept the reality of rural roads.
The Chief Constable also stressed the importance of closing a road for a limited time after serious accidents. This was not only to carry out a proper investigation into the cause of the accident, but also to ensure the emergency services were safe when working at the scene.
It was the first time that the Chief Constable has addressed a council meeting in East Sussex and he answered questions from councillors on a number of topics.
Councillor Brian Redman, chairman of Wealden District Council said:
We are very grateful to the Chief Constable for taking the time to attend our Council meeting and answer Members’ questions on a range of issues including the retention of Police Community Support Officers, the prevention of terrorism and decriminalisation of car parking. We work together in partnership with Sussex Police at a number of levels and we appreciate the real benefits this brings for the safety and welfare of the people of the District.
Wealden District Council’s report on road safety Driving the Message Home, commissioned by its Overview and Scrutiny Committee, identified the main contributory factors to road traffic accidents in the District as being:
- Failing to look properly.
- Failing to judge the other person’s course or speed.
- Carelessness or drivers in a hurry.
- Loss of control.
- Poor turn or manoeuvre.