Concern about number of deaths and injuries on Wealden roads

The number of people killed and seriously injured on Wealden roads is ‘significantly worse’ than the England average, according to a recently released annual health profile.police accident

The profile was produced by Public Health England and gives a snapshot overview of health for each local authority area.

Overall, according to a bulletin distributed to Wealden district councillors, the profile paints ‘a very good picture’ for the residents of Wealden.

“It is an area where the population enjoys comparatively good health, indeed better than the England average in most respects and life expectancy in Wealden is higher than the England average for both men and women.

“However within the district there is a gap in the life expectancy of men of 4.6 years between the most and least deprived wards; and for females the gap is 3.3 years.

“The profile suggests that to narrow this gap and to improve life expectancy generally partnership work should prioritise on circulatory diseases, cancers and respiratory diseases.”


The bulletin says that, as in previous years, the area of most concern, where Wealden is doing ‘significantly worse’ than the England average, is that of killed and seriously injured on the district’s roads.

“The topic remains a priority for the Safer Wealden Partnership and was the subject of a review by members of Wealden District Council.”

Follow this link and scroll to Wealden to read the recently released Public Health England profile for Wealden.

A Road Safety page on the Wealden District Council website says the number of people killed or seriously injured on the district’s roads is higher than any other district in East Sussex.

Most at risk

Data shows that it is clear males are “more prone” to being killed and injured than females and that generally younger drivers/riders, aged between 17 and 29 are the most at risk age groups.

“Most crashes in Wealden occur during the months of May, June, August and December and on Fridays and Saturdays, however these differences are marginal, with crashes occurring in high numbers each month and day of the week.

“The timings of crashes tend to be the most common during the daytime hours between 7am and peaking at 3pm and then trailing off after that, picking up again the next day at 7am.

“Cars, the larger motorcycles, pedal cycles and lighter goods vans are the most likely mode of transport to be involved in crashes respectively; however the vast majority, over 70% involve cars.

Serious crashes

“Most drivers/riders (over 60%) have serious crashes within ten miles from their homes and this figure increases to approximately 77% when the distance is increased to 20 miles.

“This may partly be explained because most driving/riding time is within this distance zone. However it may also have something to do with familiarity, habit and lack of concentration.”

The main contributory factors for crashes (all ages) were said to be:

  • failing to look properly,
  • failing to judge the other person’s path or speed,
  • careless/reckless/in a hurry,
  • loss of control, and
  • poor turn or manoeuvre.

There is a link on the Wealden Road Safety page to a detailed report produced following the review of road safety on the district roads.

The report concludes that the way forward to have a “real impact” on crash figures and to improve road safety in Wealden is a combination of enforcement, engineering and education.

Find the report’s conclusions beginning on page 46.

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