Motorists in Sussex are being told to expect a heightened police presence every weekend throughout the summer, as part of efforts to improve road safety on the county’s roads.
Over the bank holiday weekend (29-31 May), officers from Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide education, engagement and enforcement.
A total of 485 motoring offences were detected – including speeding, drink and drug-driving, driving with no insurance, careless driving and illegal number plates.
In addition, more than 50 ‘ICE’ stickers were handed out to motorcyclists. Every sticker enables first-responders to access key medical and personal information quickly following an incident.
Information uploaded by the biker during registration can be accessed by scanning the bespoke QR code, displaying details such as allergies or medication, along with next of kin and contact details.
The aim of this dedicated activity – run in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year – is to create an environment that is ‘inhospitable to the dangerous or antisocial use of vehicles on the roads’.
Chief inspector Michael Hodder, Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “As ever, our activity was generally well-received by the vast majority of the public who are safe and responsible motorists, and who could appreciate that our priority is to keep everyone safe on our roads through education and engagement.
“However, there is always a small minority of people who believe the rules don’t apply to them, and in turn, they risk the lives of themselves and others.
“This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will continue to take robust action against anyone who misuses our roads through dangerous or antisocial driving.”