Concern about increase of road accidents discussed at police meeting

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CONCERN about the safety of road users was top of the agenda at a police and crime meeting.

A rise in the number of cyclists, motorcyclists and pillion passengers being involved in serious accidents caused concern at the Sussex Police and Crime Panel.

The panel has been set up to scrutinise Katy Bourne, the police and crime commissioner for Sussex.

Mrs Bourne spoke of her plans to educate cyclists and bikers, as well as other road users, in a bid to cut the number of accidents.

The perceived lack of policing of 20mph zones and inconsistencies in the way roads are policed was raised at the meeting.

The commissioner said officers would target areas where motorists are persistently speeding, but 20mph zones were designed to be self-enforcing with speed calming measures helping to slow traffic. The panel discussed the financial pressures, with cuts of 40 per cent to forces expected.