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Sussex Police support ‘European Day Without A Road Death’

A total of 54 people died as a result of collisions in Sussex last year.

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Today, Sussex Police have announced their participation in an awareness campaign that aims to make road safety a more prominent issue for people.

Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death) is an awareness campaign that aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds for a day. This year it is on Wednesday the 19th of September.

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TISPOL, the European Traffic Police network, are coordinating this day after figures for fatalities on the continent’s roads reached over 25,000 last year. In Great Britain there were over 25,000 serious injury collisions and over 1,700 fatalities. Sussex had over 1,000 serious injury collisions and 54 people died.

Sergeant Phil Badman, Sussex Safer Roads Partnerships Casualty Reduction Sergeant, said: “The partnership is always keen to support Project Edward and with our promotional work, enforcement and education, we hope to make an impact. I would encourage all road users to share the road, think safety first and help to make Project Edward a success.”

To support this day and the work carried out by Sussex Police, East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, and local authorities, people can sign up to the pledge, committing to become a better driver and encouraging friends and family to do the same and make the roads that little bit safer for all.

You can make the pledge here.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police added:

“Together, we can help to reduce the amount of killed or seriously injured collisions that we suffer each year – take the pledge and make it a way of life.”

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Woman taken to hospital after collision with bus

Roads around Gossops Green were closed as emergency services attended to the scene.

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A 30-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus.

The collision occurred on Gossops Drive causing roads around the area to be closed by the police.

A spokesperson from Metrobus said:

“At 5.50pm today a Metrobus route 1 bus was travelling along Gossops Drive, near the Windmill pub in Crawley, when a pedestrian coming from a side street ran in front of a car and then into the path of the bus, which knocked her over.

The bus hit the lady and she suffered head injuries. She was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and her injuries are not life threatening.

CCTV, which is on all of our buses, clearly shows the sequence of events. The lady was wearing a hoodie, which may have affected her view of the road.”

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“We urge people to take care when crossing the road, particularly in the winter time, when visibility can be poor.

“This is an awful thing to happen to anybody and I am relieved her injuries were not life threatening. Our driver is shaken up but coping and he’s pleased the lady is ok.”

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