Sussex drivers criticised as fatalities rise

Giles York, chief constable of Sussex Police
Giles York, chief constable of Sussex Police

‘IDIOT drivers’ on the county’s roads are to blame for a spike in the number of fatal accidents, according to Sussex Police’s chief constable.

Giles York revealed driver, cyclists or pedestrian behaviour appears mainly to blame for a recent rise in crashes on the roads.

A total of 927 people died or were seriously injured between January and November in Sussex – more than in any of the previous six years. There have been seven fatalities in December.

“Some of the drivers’ behaviour that I have witnessed in recent weeks has been awful,” he said in a statement released by Sussex Police.

“On three different occasions I have seen cars overtaking on blind bends on country lanes that was so dangerous it was frightening.

“I’ve just about seen cyclists wearing dark clothing on their bikes with no lights in dark lanes.

“I’m not sure they know just how invisible they are.

“They need to do more for themselves to be seen.”

He said everyone needed to take responsibility to make the roads safer.

He added: “Officers tell me they often stop mothers driving their children to and from places. Last Saturday our safest option was a Sussex Police officer giving a group of children a lift home from a night out because their mother had been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

“Collisions are not just happening because of bad weather, as the weather hasn’t been particularly bad. It isn’t that the roads are bad. It is simply that many people are behaving like idiots by driving dangerously and thinking that it won’t happen to them.

“Too many families in Sussex are spending this Christmas mourning family and friends who have been killed on the roads of Sussex this year, or will spend it in hospital with loved ones because of the selfish actions of others.

“Please take care on the roads and make sure you – and everyone you meet – gets where you want to go safely.”