Road safety campaign to be launched

STEYNING residents have been assured road safety is a top priority following a spate of fatal accidents in the Horsham district.

The parish council was told on Monday that a campaign was due to be launched in August by the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership.

Sue Rogers, chairman of the partnership and a Steyning parish councillor, said: “It is going to be a measured response.

“We need to understand the root cause of these accidents. When we understand that, we will understand what part the road, hedges, speed, etc., will have to play.”

She highlighted the issue following the deaths of three young people in car accidents earlier this month, one on the A24 near Kingsfold and two on the A264 in Slinfold.

She said the partnership was taking it very seriously and one of its priorities for 2013/14 was to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the district’s roads.

A detailed analysis has been commissioned to better understand the road safety situation, outlining the most vulnerable risk groups, locations of collisions and contributory factors.

The partnership’s plan for 2013/14 states: “Unfortunately the district has the highest number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads than anywhere else in West Sussex.”

The number of these collisions has remained fairly constant over the past five years, peaking in 2008 at 69 collisions.