Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Driving down road traffic offences in Wealden

Road traffic offences are being tackled head on by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and The Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team.

They teamed up for a day of action in Uckfield last Friday (17th August) resulting in a number of offences being spotted.

Police officers stopped motorists for a number of offences and offered them the chance of education from East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

Sergeant Amy Mason, of Wealden Neighbourhood policing Team, in Uckfield said:

"We dealt with over 25 offenders on the evening for various offences and the Operation was a massive success with education proving extremely worthwhile. Speaking to those who took part afterwards they were all very positive about the process and had clearly taken something away from it.

“Some of the videos left them shocked and they stated that they hadn't previously thought of the potential consequences of their actions but now they see how catastrophic they can be".

This event proved an overdue wake-up call for many of those who were pulled over.

Twenty-year-old James from the Wealden area, who was stopped for speeding, realised what he had done saying:

“The videos were a real eye opener. It shows how simple things can, within a split second, end in disastrous consequences. It has also made me think about what families must go through when they receive the devastating news that their loved ones have been involved in a serious accident.”

Just some of the traffic offences dealt with on the evening included; speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, using your mobile phone whilst driving, careless and inconsiderate driving.

Some of these offences could ultimately have catastrophic consequences, and all too often the agencies involved on the evening see firsthand what effect this has on a lot of people’s lives.

Station Manager Matt Lloyd of Uckfield Fire Station said “The education part of this initiative was a great success with my crew members being able to talk about their personal experiences of road traffic accident and show videos of the consequences of not following the high way code. The partnership with the police is vital in reducing the numbers of killed and seriously injured on the roads of Wealden”.

A driver simulator was used to show drivers firsthand the differences in their driving when speeding, distracted and under the influence of alcohol. Again, all were surprised at the effects these had.

Members from the Royal Society for the prevention of accidents were on hand to offer 17 to 25 year old free advance driving lessons in order to develop the skills of young drivers. If you are interested in receiving free advanced driver training then please visit www.sussexrospa.org.uk for more information.

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