Brighton & Hove City Council’s road safety team are joining with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit to raise road safety awareness among pedestrians.
Launched to coincide with UN Road Safety Week between May 6-13, the teams will be stationed at Memorial Way on the Old Steine from 10am-3am to offer advice, survey pedestrian crossing behaviour and explore how HGVs have blind spots by using a fire service vehicle.
Cllr Ian Davey, lead member for Transport at Brighton & Hove City Council, said:
“Pedestrians need to look effectively when crossing the roads and ensure they can be seen. Most of us are pedestrians at some point, whether we choose to drive, cycle or use public transport for some of our journey, so any ways we can help improve road safety will benefit everyone.
“We expect the 20mph limit recently introduced will play a part in reducing road casualties and improved awareness of road users will also help to keep people safe.”
Last year pedestrians accounted for 53 serious injuries and one fatality and made up 34% of Brighton & Hove’s killed and seriously injured casualties. Of these 91% were over the age of 15.