Sunday, 15 June 2014

Brighton and Hove’s road users warned against complacency behind the wheel


Road users in Brighton and Hove are being told that there is no excuse for not paying attention behind the wheel.

The warning comes during UK Road Safety Week (9-15 June), which is organised by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association.

According to information from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, the most common reasons cited for collisions in the City are:
* Failure to look properly
* Careless, reckless/in a hurry
* Failure to judge other persons path or speed
* Failure to look properly
* Poor turn or manoeuvre

Brighton Borough Commander Mark Matthews said:

“We have a very popular and busy City. Too often we are called out to collisions which could have easily been avoided.

Visitors and locals alike take to our roads. Some know their way around and others are finding their way. All need to pay attention to what other road users and pedestrians are doing.

The roads themselves also present challenges - some roads are very narrow, others are dual carriageways. Driving appropriately is a must. Don’t assume you know the speed limit – watch out for signs and always check your mirrors. We want to ensure that Brighton and Hove is a place where people can work, live and visit in safety.”

UK Road Safety Week

The week is organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association. It is also being supported by national partners including the Highways Agency, Department for Transport, Association of Chief Police Officers, Brake, Road Safety GB, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, RoadSafe, Tyresafe, Living Streets, the RAC Foundation and the MAG Foundation (motorcycle and scooter safety and research charity).

Find out more at www.esfrs.org/roadsafetyweek/

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