The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is continuing its work to reduce road casualties across Sussex with the three "E"s - Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
Every year the Partnership refines and develops strategies in these three key areas to make the roads of Sussex safer, building safer communities by sharing the responsibility and engaging with members of the public - the greatest asset in the development a safer road environment.
Funded by Sussex Police and the three local highway authorities, East and West Sussex County Councils and Brighton and Hove City Council. Other partners include the Fire and Rescue Services from West and East Sussex, the Highways Agency and HM Courts' Service.
Educating all road users is a key priority for the SSRP and the Horsham District CSP. Many collisions can be avoided by providing the right education to different road user groups, for example, encouraging them to take regular rest breaks on long journeys, to wear something bright on dark nights or to be aware of the dangers of driving too fast.
The SSRP's Engineering and Enforcement Group are continually reviewing casualty data and identifying places or stretches on the road network which would benefit from safety improvements to 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 refuge 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.
There are too many serious accidents on the roads of Sussex and speed is regularly identified as being a contributory factor. The faster you are travelling the less time you have to react in challenging driving situations. Safety cameras and high-visibility mobile enforcement operations are two methods of helping to change driver behaviour and reduce speeds on our roads. In addition to camera enforcement, Sussex Police (the SSRP's enforcement partner) operates marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles to patrol the county's roads, looking for not only speeding offences, but also anti-social drivers, those under the influence of alcohol/drugs, individuals not wearing seatbelts or those using a hand held mobile phone behind the wheel.
For more information about Sussex safer roads and what they do please visit: www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk