APCC road safety survey results for Sussex

05/10/2020

Results from the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) road safety survey have revealed that Sussex residents want drivers who speed to face higher penalties and that the money raised from fines should be invested in enforcement on our roads.

The survey was circulated by PCCs nationally and a total of 66,266 people responded, 5,891 of whom were Sussex residents who made it into the top five areas to respond.

74% of Sussex residents said they saw road traffic offences on a daily or weekly basis. 70% either agreed or strongly agreed that fixed penalty notices for road traffic offences like speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt (currently £100) should be increased in line with other serious offences like driving while using a handheld mobile phone (currently £200).

And 89% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that some of the money raised through fixed penalty notices should be reinvested into enforcement and road safety measures to deny criminals the use of the roads.

Presently money from speed camera fines goes to central government for general expenditure rather than directly to police.

The survey, the largest ever conducted by the APCC, will be used to influence a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on roads policing which closes today (October 5).

The results come as new DfT figures show that 1,752 people were killed in Great Britain last year in road accidents, with over 40 in Sussex alone.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has thanked residents for their views and will be taking the results to Chief Constable Jo Shiner as 82% of respondents call for greater police enforcement on our roads.

She says; “I would firstly like to thank those who took the time to have their say. Sussex was one of the top five respondents to this survey and that is testament to how much road safety is classed as a priority in our county.

“Not only do we now have national evidence to bring to Government and influence change but I also have feedback locally to present to the Chief Constable so she may continue to improve the policing response.

“We have had reports recently that: some drivers have been using the roads as ‘racetracks’; illegally modified vehicles are causing noise pollution in our neighbourhoods; and anti-social driving is worse than ever.

“Sussex Police will be continuing to strengthen their roads policing units and these results will inform the work they do with partners on successful engagement, education and enforcement campaigns to tackle the problems.”

Mrs Bourne will be working with her PCC colleagues nationally to present the findings of this survey to the Department of Transport’s consultation and addressing the concerns raised.

PCC Bourne has also pledged her support to PCC Alison Hernandez, national road safety lead, who will be working with Government through the Roads Policing Review to increase enforcement of road traffic laws.

PCCs will now lobby for a rise in the level of fixed penalty notices for speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt and will call for revenues raised to be reinvested in local area road safety initiatives and roads policing.