Friday, 6 June 2014

Survey lifts lid on Wealden road safety concerns

A survey carried out by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting worries about road safety in Wealden.

Questionnaires were distributed to 250 addresses in Framfield and to every family in the local school – Framfield Church of England Primary.

Three meetings were held in Framfield Village Hall and at Framfield Church in their hall.

The findings are being made public as part of UK Road Safety Week (9-15 June 2014).

Most respondents consider drivers under the influence of drink or drugs to be their major road safety concern; with speeding drivers as a close second.

Child pedestrians and child cyclists were strongly perceived as being at most risk on the roads. Thereafter young drivers and those using mobile phones were those most considered to be at high risk.

Mani Gilbert King, Wealden Borough Commander said: “The vast majority of responses show that most people think that it is unacceptable to break the law in terms of driving practices or habits. What is more surprising is that the survey also revealed a perceived level of acceptability in relation to a number of issues – such as driving over the speed limit if the road is clear, or if they are in a rush, answering the phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt on local journeys.

We want to make it clear that there is no excuse for ignoring speed limits or being distracted when behind the wheel. Our message is simple carelessness can cause injuries or even death – pay attention and get home safely.

Facts and figures

The youngest person to return a survey was 30 years old: the oldest was 87.
The majority of responses were in the 30-51 age group
The majority of respondents (65.9%) stated that they have been involved in road traffic collisions
29.5% have had 1-2 speeding fines, and one had had 3 or more.

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