Pets and children at risk - drivers asked to slow down

Nicole Waite (front, centre) with residents calling for speed limit reduction in Spring Platt, Pound Hill. . SR1512968. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150906-122900001
Nicole Waite (front, centre) with residents calling for speed limit reduction in Spring Platt, Pound Hill. . SR1512968. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150906-122900001

Worried parents and pet owners are calling for drivers to slow down, after a string of incidents in Spring Plat, Pound Hill.

Mother-of-two Nicole Waite said two of her cats had been hit - their cat Sophia was killed in February 2014. “We were totally devastated,” said Nicole, “especially my then eight year old daughter as she had been given to her on her birthday.”

Calls for speed limit reduction in Spring Platt, Pound Hill. Tilly was injured in an incident with a car recently. SR1512975. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150906-122925001

Calls for speed limit reduction in Spring Platt, Pound Hill. Tilly was injured in an incident with a car recently. SR1512975. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150906-122925001

On May 30 weekend, their cat Tilly was also hit by a car.

“She was found by my six year old son on our doorstep, said Nicole. “She has a broken pelvis and dislocated hip. She was left by a driver and had dragged herself back home.”

All of the near neighbours she’d spoken to seemed to agree that there was a problem, she said, and all had their own story of a near miss, or a pet killed.

Nicole said a passing car had narrowly missed her children only last week. “I was getting the kids out of the car,” she said. “People don’t even slow down - it’s frightening.

“It won’t take long before it’s children getting hurt. Cars are just flying down here and they’re not taking care.”

She said they just want drivers to be aware of pets and children in the area, especially with the number of cars being parked by the roadside, sometimes too close to the junctions at either end of Spring Plat.

Nicole has also started an online petition calling for a change in the law so that drivers have to stop and report the accident to police if they hit a cat: Link to the petition and is hoping to get crowdfunding to help with Tilly’s vet bill: Link

A West Sussex County Council representative said: “Whenever there are allegations of speeding on the public highway, Sussex Police has asked that the issues are referred to them. In some instances the problem might be to do with the actual highway infrastructure or problems with speed limits, but in many instances it is to do with poor driver behaviour.

“The police work with Sussex Safer Road Partnership and the county council Road Safety colleagues to combat speeding.

“If analysis reveals a different kind of problem that a potential highways infrastructure solution, such as traffic calming measures might be considered. The Police would then discuss these solutions with the County Council.

“Sussex Police also have Operation Crackdown where members of the public can report anti-social driving. Details about this can be found at www.operationcrackdown.org”

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