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West Sussex drivers urged to avoid ‘fatal four’ after five serious collisions in just 12 hours

West Sussex drivers are being urged to avoid the ‘fatal four’ after a busy weekend for emergency services dealing with road traffic collisions.

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Emergency services dealt with five serious road traffic collisions in 12 hours during Sunday night and Monday morning.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are reminding drivers ahead of the August bank holiday weekend that there are four common causes of road accidents in the UK – the ‘fatal four’.

They are:
• Inappropriate speed
• Using a mobile phone whilst driving
• Not wearing a seatbelt
• Drink/drug driving

The fire service is also encouraging drivers to carry out basic vehicle checks, such as checking tread depth and tyre pressure.

Adrian Murphy, Area Manager for Protection at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“It was a busy end to the weekend for our crews and the other emergency services. Please take care on the roads so we can avoid a repeat of the number of incidents we have experienced in the last few hours.

“It so important that people are aware and remind themselves about the ‘fatal four’ – speed, distraction, seatbelts and drink and drug use. It’s not worth the risk.”

The five serious incidents which West Sussex Fire & Rescue were called to were:

• The first incident occurred at 5.32pm on Sunday 18 August on Station Road, Warnham and involved two private cars. Two fire engines from Horsham and the Heavy Rescue Tender from Worthing attended the scene. Two people were handed into the care of SECAmb.

• Two fire engines were then called to a collision involving two private cars on Pagham Road, Pagham at 7.05pm. One person was extracted by crews using hydraulic rescue equipment.

• Crews later attended an incident at 8.43pm on the M23 involving a car and an articulated lorry. One person was extracted from the car with hydraulic rescue equipment and electrical saws. The road was closed in both directions.

• At 2.36am (19 August) crews from Chichester, Midhurst and Haslemere were called to a collision involving a car and a tree on the A286, Henley. A dog suffered serious leg injuries and one person was extricated using hydraulic rescue equipment.

• Crews then called to an RTC at 6.53am on the A27 between Havant and Chichester which involved a van and a tree. One fire engine from Chichester attended the scene as well as three from Hampshire.

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Crawley MP launches new cross-party group to fight for future of UK aviation

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Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has launched a new cross-party group of MPs to fight for the future of UK aviation after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Crawley MP is Chair of the Future of Aviation Group which will seek to highlight the importance of a vibrant aviation sector to consumers, businesses and the overall UK economy. The Group is urging ministers to introduce measures to support the recovery of the UK’s aviation sector.

Henry said;

“It is of course right that public health concerns remain the Government’s most urgent priority, but the level of support from MPs from all sides and from all regions reflects the pressing need for the Government to provide much more support to our aviation sector, given that aviation is one of the sectors worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Aviation will be vital to our long-term economic recovery at national and local levels and it is high time that Government avoid any further delay and introduce financial measures that support the aviation industry; the businesses, employees and the communities who depend on it.

“We cannot allow Britain’s economic and social recovery to be held back through a failure to support our aviation industry. As a global, island trading nation the consequences of continuing inaction are unthinkable.”

The Group has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, setting out several urgent questions about the Government’s actions to date together with demands for further urgent policy intervention.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

The letter to the Secretary of State raises several points, including:

  • How often will the 14-day quarantine period be reviewed, and will Government prioritise ‘air bridges’ to restart safe travel to and from low risk countries?
  • What discussions have been held at an international level to find a Common International Standard for aviation health protocols to build consumer confidence?
  • What discussions have been held with local authorities and airport representatives regarding central Government support for business rates relief?
  • What consideration has been given to financial measures to support the restart of domestic aviation and to protect vital regional routes?
  • What additional support can be made available to local authorities and the aviation supply chain until passenger numbers increase?
  • What assessment has been made of the importance of aviation to the nation’s economic recovery?
  • What assessment has been made of the likely timescale of the recovery of businesses in the tourism sector who are reliant on international tourism?
  • What assessment has been made of the opportunity to support low carbon aviation technologies as a way to support UK economic recovery and help aviation deliver its net zero commitment?

The creation of the Future of Aviation Group is Henry’s latest intervention on this issue.

Henry added;

“With Gatwick Airport being such a key local employer I’m very conscious of the Crawley economy being reliant on the aviation and travel industry.

“I’ll continue my representations with ministers, airports and airlines on behalf of the Crawley workers, families, businesses and customers for whom this sector is so important.”

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