Police continue to crackdown on antisocial driving across West Sussex
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Police are reminding the public to be vigilant as they continue to crackdown on antisocial driving across West Sussex.
Speeding, drifting, wheel-spinning and excess noise are among the offences which can cause a nuisance and impact on people’s lives, particularly those living in rural areas.
But it also risks lives.
Chief Inspector Nick Dias, of the Crawley and Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This sort of activity isn’t just antisocial; it’s also dangerous and it only takes a split second to cause a catastrophe.
“While the vast majority of drivers are safe and competent road users, there is a minority who behave irresponsibly and do not believe the law applies to them. But the law is in place to protect everyone.”
Sussex Police works with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to provide education and enforcement of road traffic issues throughout the year.
The force also liaises with local authorities to identify and address concerns, such as speed bumps being introduced at Sainsbury’s car park in West Green, Crawley, in response to antisocial driving there.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been introduced in towns including Burgess Hill and Crawley, and the council has issued a number for fines to individuals who have breached the conditions of the PSPO in Crawley.
Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, supported by Neighbourhood Policing Teams, also conduct regular patrols in areas where antisocial driving is a frequent problem, including areas in the Arun and Chichester districts.
Chief Insp Dias added: “We’re aware that antisocial driving is not just localised to these areas; it is a problem across West Sussex and that’s why we continue to monitor and respond to reports, and proactively patrol ‘hot spot’ areas.
“Despite our best efforts, we can’t be everywhere all the time – although we could be anywhere – and we’re urging the public to remain vigilant and report any incidents to us.
“Ultimately, our aim is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads each year, and that begins with education. Safe driving saves lives.”