Calling Volunteers in Eastbourne to help reduce casualties on our roads

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We are looking for Eastbourne residents to Join our Community Speedwatch, to become part of CSW, please go to CSW Online to register and for more information. CSW Online works on behalf of the police and communities to organise and coordinate CSW activity.

 

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working hard during lockdown and have listened to your complaints about the impact of anti-social driving and speeding.

 

Now lockdown is easing, Sussex Police and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership are calling for volunteers to help increase the number of community speedwatch schemes across the town, a crucial and important aspect of our road safety toolkit.

 

Chief Inspector, and District Commander for Eastbourne Di Lewis said: ‘ Anti-social driving is having a significant impact on some of  our residents and we are working hard to try and deal with those having the most impact. As we come out of lockdown and into the summer months we anticipate this may increase.

 

To support this we are looking for volunteers to become involved in Community Speed watch and work with us to tackle this problem. We actively support volunteers in Sussex Police and this involvement will play a significant role in supporting policing in Eastbourne. If you feel you can make a difference and offer your time please get in touch.’

 

Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.

 

The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

 

If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them.

 

The aim is to:

 

  •           reduce death and injury on the roads
  •           improve the quality of life for local communities
  •           reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
  •           increase public awareness of inappropriate speed

 

We are looking for Eastbourne residents to Join our Community Speedwatch, to become part of CSW, please go to CSW Online to register and for more information. CSW Online works on behalf of the police and communities to organise and coordinate CSW activity.

 

All volunteers receive training, and neighbourhood policing team staff will support them, please visit: www.communityspeedwatch.org to join a local group in your area. Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership have recently agreed funding for equipment to be used and deployed by Community Speedwatch Schemes in Eastbourne and so please come and make best use of it now so we can continue to make a difference and build on the work already in place.

 

To give a flavour of some of the work completed in the last 6 months, police patrols have targeted ‘hot spot’ locations reported to us for speeding and anti-social driving. This work will continue but will be supported by the activity of any new speedwatch schemes.

 

Since January 2021, Police Officers and PCSO’s have used their policing powers and seized 22 vehicles for no insurance, they have reported scores of others for a variety of offences ranging from speeding and No MOT to s.59 warnings for the manner of driving. Other drivers have been arrested for drink or drug drive offences and possession or supply of controlled drugs.

 

Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 allows an officer in uniform to seize and remove a vehicle that has been used in a “careless and inconsiderate” manner.

 

April also saw, officers from the Roads Policing Unit (RPU), Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and local divisions worked together to provide education, engagement and enforcement in support of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s ‘two-wheeled’ campaign.

 

Approximately 50 motorcyclists were seen travelling from Hastings towards Eastbourne on the A259. They were followed to Beachy Head, where officers engaged with them. They then continued onto the A22 through Polegate, where numerous offences were identified and are being dealt with.

 

May 2021 saw the start of Global Road Safety Week:  which took place the week of the 17th May, saw activities across the district, including dedicated patrols of known areas of anti-social driving, including speeding.

 

During the week of action various patrols were carried out across the Eastbourne district, with 3 vehicles seized under s.165 powers for no insurance, 1 driver given a TOR for parking on a zig zag, 1 driver reported for speeding, as well as two drivers arrested for drink drive.

 

As a community we  are committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all road users; we need your help to support the continued targeted activities until we can change behaviour and save lives on our roads.

 

To learn more about road safety, visit Sussex Safer Roads Partnership: https://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/