Lewes MP awarded for road safety efforts

27th April 2018

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An MP has been recognised for her efforts to improve road safety in her constituency.

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes in East Sussex, has been given a parliamentarian road safety award by road safety charity Brake after campaigning to improve road safety on country lanes for all road users.

Mrs Caulfield has been campaigning on the issue ever since one of her constituents was knocked off her horse by a speeding driver. The crash left the woman in hospital for ten days and resulted in her horse being put down.

As part of the campaign, she presented a petition in Parliament, signed by over 1,500 local residents, calling on country lanes in Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston to be designated quiet lanes to improve safety for all road users.

Joshua Harris, Brake’s director of campaigns, highlighted the fact that 40 per cent of all road deaths in Britain happen on country roads and that the cause is often speed-related.

He called on the government to reduce the national default limit on single carriageway roads from 60mph to 50mph.

“Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments for all road users,” he added.

Accepting her award, Maria Caulfield MP said: “This is such an important issue for local residents in the rural parts of my constituency. I am grateful to Brake for picking up on this issue and helping to highlight the dangers that residents face on country lanes.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Maria Caulfield has set a positive example for how other MPs can improve road safety.”

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