Friday, 16 May 2014

Bikers targeted at Heathfield Show



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is shining a spotlight on road safety at the Heathfield Show on Saturday 24 May 2014.

Firefighters will be joined by volunteers to help highlight how people can keep themselves safe while out and about on local roads.

John Loveridge, Station Manager at Uckfield, Heathfield & Mayfield Community Fire Stations, said “Bikers are of particular concern for us. We know that the roads in this area are favourites for those who enjoy the freedom of two wheels but we want them to get home safely.

The Heathfield Show gives us the chance to meet thousands of people and remind them of the importance of taking care. Rural roads have their own hazards. Often there are no white lines on them and hedges overhang into the roads, which means drivers and bikers end up in the middle of the road.”

At the show, there will be the chance for people to experience the “seat belt sledge” which replicates what it is like to be involved in a low speed collision. There is also a driver simulator for people to try out with special “beer goggles” on which makes vision blurry as if the driver was drunk.

About the Heathfield Show

When: Saturday 24th May 2014 - the showground will be open from 8am to 5pm
Where: Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex
For discounts on advanced tickets and more information: http://www.heathfieldshow.org/

Facts and figures for Wealden

Wealden’s 1363 km of roads are mainly rural. There are:
  • 206km of A roads
  • 135km of B roads
  • 410km of C roads
  • 611km of unclassified roads


Number of people killed or seriously injured on Wealden’s roads

Data from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership shows that 79 Wealden residents were killed or seriously injured in RTCs last year - 65 of these in Wealden. Most casualties were local people on their local roads.


2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Fatalities
16
15
7
7
5
10
Seriously injured
127
122
108
102
99
126


Ages of those involved in road traffic collisions in Wealden.

The red numbers are the highest each year.  The risk groups and factors are clearly identifiable: young males of 17 - 29 are by far the largest group, and are 3 times more likely to be involved.


Age group
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
00 - 04
1
2
1
0
1
05 - 09
1
1
1
1
1
10 - 14
2
5
4
2
4
15 - 19
25
9
11
13
17
20 - 24
11
12
9
11
18
25 - 29
11
9
8
13
13
30 - 34
7
6
7
6
5
35 - 39
8
7
4
6
9
40 - 44
19
10
7
9
9
45 - 49
7
7
8
4
7
50 - 54
12
4
8
8
11
55 - 59
10
8
8
12
10
60 - 64
9
10
10
3
9
65 - 69
1
9
7
2
5
70 - 74
2
4
3
1
4
75 - 79
6
3
4
6
4
80 - 84
2
7
4
3
5
85 +
3
2
5
4
4
Total
137
115
109
104
136

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