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Speeding in Lewes?

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On 13 Jan 2016 at 11:16am Rob wrote:
Why is there no speed control in Lewes. Flashing signs indicating 30 seem to have some effect, but there aren't many of them around town. Considering that this is a town that has lots of older people and families with kids it seems pretty rubbish that selfish drivers are allowed to get their way. I regularly see drivers who don't indicate when turning in by Tescos from the roundabout etc., (an area that desperately needs a pedestrian crossing). This isn't just a whinge, my father in his eighties with heart problems was nearly knocked down by a car recently in a 30 area by a car easily going over 40 that didn't slow down even though he was already half-way across the road. What are we paying our council tax for?!!
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 11:58am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I'm not aware of speeding being a particular problem, but I agree with you that indicating appears to be a dying art.
When people do bother to indicate, they often don't indicate correctly at roundabouts. My particular bugbear is people who carry on indicating right when they're leaving the roundabout, which makes you think they're carrying on round.
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 12:58pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
There are a few boy racers in clapped-out BMW, but I think there's a greater danger from indecisive drivers suddenly changing lanes and those who think the law about mobile phones doesn't apply to them. Very slow, elderly drivers are also an issue - I saw one ancient woman doing 12mph the other day, which prompted the people behind her to overtake recklessly. I bet I'll change my tune when I hit 70.
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 2:01pm Rob wrote:
I think the perspectives of drivers and people who are mainly pedestrians are probably a bit different on this subject, although I know plenty of drivers who refuse to budge beyond 30 in a residential area when an aggressive driver is driving up to their bumper. I regularly see cars going over the 30 limit which doesn't help pedestrians when there isn't a pedestrian crossing either. I just think we need a bit more monitoring of some of the bad driving practices in Lewes, and yes the indicator issue is bad for both other drivers as well as pedestrians and cyclists. I'm amazed when I see cars signalling the wrong way on the Phoenix Causeway roundabout in particular, although many just don't bother at all.
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 4:48pm Jimmy WhiZz wrote:
Traffic coming down from Market St and turning LEFT into North St (by the Police Station) hardly ever indicate!
The times I've nearly had to be scrapped off the road has become embarrassing.
Suitable attire is called for when traversing the Lewes highways in future.
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 4:52pm Daily Squawk wrote:
Message is INDICATE where your going !
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 4:58pm John Smith wrote:
I've just watched a lady - sorry, yes, a lady in her late 60s/early 70s - driving an X registered Ford Focus (light blue if that helps) creep up to the station from the bridge and then stop, right in the middle of the carriageway opposite the sandwich bar. Then she crept a little bit further, still on the carriageway. Then without any indication she sort of slow-swerved into the drop off area by the taxis and then crept back on the carriageway. Then she stopped. Then she moved off again at 5mph (no indication still) and crept right the way round the roundabout. Stopped again outside the locksmiths, still on the carriageway. Indicated left into the parking space to her left and drove into it. Reversed up and down several times then drove out again without indicating. Did a U turn back into the drop off area and finally parked in one of the spots near the bus stop. She took no heed whatsoever of ANY other road users, whether drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. I was astonished that she elicited only a few toots of the horn, which mainly goes to show that most Lewes drivers are (a) used to old duffers and (b) generally quite polite. Try that in most cities and you'd be lynched. And then breathalysed...
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 6:51pm Rob wrote:
That's not good John Smith, but less ikey to cause serious injury or death than speeding and lousy indicating habits. I've seen police cars in Lewes failing to indicate. It shouldn't be forgotten that breaking the speed limit is actually ilegal, so it should be enforced
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 7:53pm resident wrote:
yes there is a lot of speeding on the roads in Lewes.i.e.Brighton Road, Kingston Road, Offham Road. very dangerous roads.
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On 13 Jan 2016 at 10:59pm ali wrote:
I find drivers who speed right up behind me even though I'm usually doing at least the speed limit incredibly annoying so I adjust my rear view mirror so that I can no longer see them. This also works when drivers drive with their lights on full beam.
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 2:00am Bodie & Doyle wrote:
Ali its us the 'Professionals' we're bleeding screaming at you to get out the sodding bleeding way, flashing the lights an all that.. we're on a very important job down the mother & socks.. docks!
Plonker da.. la.. da.. da.. da.. da..
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 8:31am Tipex wrote:
I've seen cars probably hit 50mph down south st after leaving the Snowdrop. Not the majority but a lethal minority in a residential street.
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 10:51am Evil Edna wrote:
Worst place for speeding is when you turn off the Offham rd and go down past Landport, heading towards the Elly. 30mph there guys
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 9:26pm Paul wrote:
Curious why some people give the thumbs down on this issue, are they in favour of speeding and potentially causing serious injuries, even death, to theirselves and others? If going above the speed limit is so attractive why not take up speed racing as a hobby, just not on public roads shared with the rest of us.
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 9:40pm Speedmearchents wrote:
Have only theirselves to blame if they get court and fined
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 9:41pm Rob wrote:
I'd just like to know why there isn't proper speed enforcement on some of the roads in Lewes such as Malling Hill, Malling Street, and the Ofham Road, as well as other less obviously busy roads. Good to hear a speed camera is being introduced on the A27 as there have been some horrible accidents there, very sad, but these are residential areas in the town where speeding takes place, often outside of the rush hour times when speed monitoring takes place which is pointless when traffic is almost at a standstill!, why aren't residents being protected by the police and Council. We pay for them to work for us, supposedly. Most of us drive, but we shouldn't have more leeway to break the law than anyone else on the roads.
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 9:49pm Out of town wrote:
I agree about the Offham Road, particularly crossing from Hill Road to Landport for the Wallands Schoolkids, then all along the road up to the Elephant and Castle. I've nearly been caught there a few times myself, even bashed a car with my umbrella once when the driver ignored the pedestrian crossing.
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 10:25pm Clifford wrote:
Has anyone seen a copper in Lewes in the past i) month, ii) year, iii) decade?
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On 14 Jan 2016 at 10:27pm Clifford wrote:
Apart from bonfire, of course. When there seem to be hundreds standing around. Where do they go the rest of the year? Canteen duties?
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On 17 Jan 2016 at 7:47am JMMM wrote:
In Australia, you have to do an eye test every five years when you renew your licence. Slow drivers are just as much a hazard as speeders. I was driving a friend of 75 last night and as we approached a junction she said she couldn't read the sign. I asked her if she wore the same glasses when she was driving and I was disturbed when she said she did and equally relieved when she said that she had only drive 1300 miles in the last year! Australia is much hotter on inexperienced drivers too. You have to have had 120 driving experience before taking your test which means every young driver has loads of experience - 120 hours is a lot! There is zero tolerance of drink driving and speeding in new drivers and you display a P sign on your car for two years so other drivers know you are a new driver. It might sound draconian but I grew up having the road toll announced every night on the news. Didn't mean much when I was a child, but now I think it's crucial to know when there are deaths on the road. Cars are killing machines. I was also horrified when a learner driver told me she had been advised by her driving instructor she only needed to indicate when there was there was someone behind her. I told her indicating wasn't just for the driver behind, but for all road users, pedestrians included, and she needed to indicate every time so it was a habit.


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