Message from Sussex Police – We Want Safer Roads For All Road Users

View shocking footage that shows the significant risks associated with antisocial riding here

It has been re-released as we remind motorcyclists: we welcome careful and considerate riding, but we will deal robustly with anyone who compromises road safety.

Police provide education, engagement and enforcement to all motorists 365 days a year, and the vast majority of road users travel safely and competently.

But with the warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions likely to lead to more traffic on our roads, officers are urging bikers in particular to stay safe.

Motorcyclists represent almost a quarter of all fatal and serious injury collisions – despite making up only five per cent of vehicles on our roads.

Our message also follows concerns raised by communities across Surrey and Sussex of speeding, excess noise, and antisocial riding and driving, with some residents so fed up they are considering selling their homes.

We are continuing to address these issues by working with communities, and partners including local authorities, charities and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It would appear a number of riders have no regard not only for their own safety, but for those they endanger too.

“They also seem to have left their common sense at home whilst forgetting how their loved ones would feel if they hurt themselves or someone else by the stupidity of their selfish riding.”

We’re also urging the public to share our social media messaging over the next three weeks, which will encourage motorcyclists to enjoy the ride responsibly, considerately and safely.

One experienced rider from Sussex, who did not wish to be identified, has pleaded with his fellow riders to work with the police; not against them.

“If you continue to do what you’re doing, speeding through towns and villages and taking unnecessary risks, it will result in more and more police intervention,” he said. “You could also kill yourself or someone else. It only takes a minor lapse in concentration or something unavoidable, like a cat running out in the road, for a serious incident to happen.

“Speed kills, and while we don’t want to tar all riders with the same brush, it is important for everyone to understand the risks. We are far more vulnerable than most road users, and the stats prove that.

“It’s also important for communities to recognise that not all bikers ride dangerously or antisocially.

“Ultimately, we all need to work together. Stick to the speed limits, and drive or ride safely and responsibly. Don’t give your loved ones a reason to attend another funeral.”

We will also be supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s annual two-wheeled campaign – aimed to reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists through education and enforcement – from Tuesday 6 April to Sunday 18 April.

For advice on riding safely, visit the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website here.

To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving or riding, visit the Operation Crackdown website here.

The above footage was captured as a group of motorcyclists travelled between Kent and Sussex in April 2019. It led to three individuals being convicted of dangerous driving.

Census Completion Information – there is still time to to take part in the Census

The Census Field Officers have now started working. They will be calling at people’s homes from whom we have not received a completed census.  That should avoid anyone who completed theirs online on Census Day and if one is still in the post the officer will annotate the record and not call back until time has passed for that form to be received and processed.  They will not be completing forms there and then with householders – they will observe social distancing and never enter a house – but will be able to offer a wide range of support and advice, including arranging for replacement unique access codes, paper forms if they are needed and answering specific questions.  They will also be able to point householders towards sources of help to actually complete the census with people who are struggling to do so themselves.

For those who need help and support there are a range of resources:-

  • There’s the Census contact centre which can be contacted on 0800 141 2021 (or text via 86677) or 0800 587 2021 for those who need language support, Both are freephone numbers.
  • There’s a lot of information at https://census.gov.uk/.  There isn’t a search function but it is logically arranged and the guidance is very clear.  I’ve been able to find answers to almost all my questions there.
  • Text relay service: (08001) 0800 141 2021
  • Census Support Centres. There are number situated in libraries within Adur, Worthing, Chichester and Arun districts, as well as one in Crawley, all currently operating on a booking system. Unfortunately there are none in either Horsham or Mid Sussex. You can  find you nearest one via the Census website or by calling 0800 141 2021

Applications now open for the Horsham District Nature Recovery Award

The Nature Recovery Award has been set up by the Sussex Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Council’s Wilder Horsham District project. The fund is available to support landowners and community groups wishing to put in place practical schemes to expand and improve networks for wildlife across the Horsham District landscape.  Applicants can apply for funding for a project of up to £5000. 

Applications should be submitted midnight on Sunday 23 May 

Read more about the Award: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/community-projects/wilder-horsham/nature-recovery-award