Road casualties rise in Brighton and Hove

Posted On 29 Jun 2022 at 3:52 pm

More people were injured on Brighton and Hove’s roads last year, new figures suggest, but the numbers remained lower than before the pandemic.

One person died on the roads of Brighton and Hove last year, down from three in 2020 and six in 2017.

He was Bartosz “Bart” Gluszynski, 40, a father, from Saltdean, who died after being hit by a Jaguar car on the A259 Marine Drive, in Brighton, last November.

Since then, at least two more people have died on the roads in Brighton and Hove.

Ronnie Herriot, 44, was on foot when he was hit by a car on the A270 Old Shoreham Road in March.

Mr Herriot was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa between the A293 Link Road and the Southern Cross traffic lights.

And motorcyclist Luke Batchelor, 33, died when his bike crashed with another in Fox Way, Portslade, in April.

The number of road casualties dropped during the coronavirus pandemic when lockdown rules led to far fewer cars on the roads as many people stayed at home.

But charities and campaigners are urging the government to do more to tackle the increase in injuries from traffic accidents since covid restrictions ended.

Provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggest that there were 715 road casualties in Brighton and Hove in 2021 – up from 642 the year before but fewer than the 805 in 2019.

Of the 642 casualties, 169 serious injuries were recorded – an increase on 2020 when 150 people were badly hurt.

The figures were published as road safety charity Brake organised a Kids Walk last week. With thousands of children marching for safe streets.

National figures indicated that 2,261 children were injured and 33 killed on Britain’s roads last year.

Brake’s head of programme delivery, Scott Williams, said that every child should have the right to walk their local streets without fear of traffic or pollution, adding: “It is vital that children can walk safely in the places where they live.”

Overall, there were 127,967 road casualties across Great Britain in 2021 – an 11 per cent rise on the year before – while 1,560 people were killed.

Of those who died, 686 were car users, but 363 pedestrians and 299 motorcyclists were also killed.

The number of pedal cyclists who lost their lives dropped by 20 per cent from 141 in 2020 to 113 last year.

Road Victims Trust chief executive Mark Turner said: “It remains a terrible fact that four people will be killed on the roads of the UK each day, with many more suffering life-changing injuries.

“The devastation and trauma caused by these collisions is immense and it is disturbing to see a climb in the numbers of people affected.”

The RAC said that the government must do more to improve road safety. The organisation’s head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, said: “RAC research suggests there is a huge level of concern among drivers about the standard of driving on our roads, so we urge the government to consider reintroducing road safety targets.

“They should also look at whether the long-term decline in full-time road traffic police officers has led to a worsening in driver behaviour.”

The Department for Transport said: “While there has been a decline in road casualties in recent years, any fatality on our roads is a tragedy and our sympathies remain with anyone who has lost a loved one.

“Road safety is a top priority we are committed to improving through education and updates to the Highway Code that will help protect vulnerable road users, alongside our highly successful ‘Think!’ campaign.”

  1. Mike Dixon Reply

    These statistics are appalling but almost every day we hear the car lobby calling for lower restrictions and the removal of more cycle routes. The power of the motor manufacturing association and the fossil fuel industry should never be under estimated 😢
    Whilst walking past Hove town hall recently in addition to smelling the exhaust fumes I could taste them 🤮 The impact on human health must be dreadfully high and cost the NHS a fortune 🏥🩺👩‍⚕️

    • Helen Reply

      Almost every day we hear about more and more restrictions, road closures, more ill thought out cycle schemes, less space and more congestion created by poor traffic management and you moan about the pollution.
      Getting people out their cars is not going to be achieved easily unless there’s a well planned traffic management system that works that includes better cycling, walking and bus facilities. For those that are unable to use alternative modes should be catered for too.

  2. Chris Reply

    Hmm – let’s think about all this.
    We are rushing to replace all cars with EV cars. Despite the proven massive increase in total carbon footprint. One aspect of these is that they are quieter so more people will not hear them.
    My personal experience is that driving standards have decreased as evidenced by the now “optional” use of indicators and faster accelerating smaller cars (EV ones do this even better) encouraging people to “nip” in and out of gaps in traffic.
    Then we get to cyclists and pedestrians, who seemingly are willing to cross roads without looking, go against the flow of traffic and ignore the highway code (It is after all for all road users).
    Cycling training for children and the green cross code public service adverts and training in schools should be fully re-instated. Parents should also play a part in this and be encouraged to teach their kids how to cross a road…

  3. Junia Reply

    `Most, if not all, of these deaths could be prevented by better road design. Nobody dies on the roads of Oslo anymore, because their city government cares more about saving lives than prioritising convenience and the status quo.

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