150 Offences Detected During Weekend Road Safety Operation

More than 150 offences were detected as police carried out a weekend operation dedicated to road safety.

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.

In excess of 120 traffic offence reports, fixed penalty notices and court summons were issued across Surrey and Sussex on 17-18 April, and this dedicated activity was in addition to routine roads policing duties, 365 days a year.

While this campaign was predominantly an engagement exercise with motorcyclists in particular – raising awareness of their vulnerabilities and dealing robustly with offenders – police also engaged with other road users including cyclists and drivers.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “We hope our weekend activity sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate dangerous or antisocial riding or driving, and we will continue to target those who deliberately put themselves and others at risk on our roads.

“While motorcyclists represent our most vulnerable road users, we were keen to engage with ALL motorists as part of this campaign. This is not only for their own safety, but also to address community concerns raised across both counties of speeding, excess noise and antisocial riding in general.

“In 2020, there were 468 collisions in Sussex which led to motorcyclists being injured, nine of which were tragically fatal. All road users need to play their part in helping to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Think about your behaviour, as it could save a life; or cost a life.”