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The Argus: Put your questions to Sussex Police's top roads officer Put your questions to Sussex Police's top roads officer

Is there anything you would like to ask Sussex Police’s top roads officer?

Superintendent Natalie Maloney, head of the force’s Road Policing Unit, will be answering Argus readers’ questions as part of our Your Interview series.

We have already featured Albion chief executive Paul Barber, Brighton Pavilion Green MP Caroline Lucas and Brighton businessman Mike Holland among others.

We are now asking our readers for questions for Supt Maloney.

Ever wanted to know more about how police deal with speeding?

Or maybe you want to ask Supt Maloney why roads are shut for so long following crashes.

Email your questions to anna.roberts@theargus.co.uk or call Anna on 01273 544539.

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4:34pm Tue 26 Feb 13

yourallnuts says...

Are you going to even try policing the new 20mph zone when it comes into force and do police cars not on a call have to adhere to this speed limit.
Are you going to even try policing the new 20mph zone when it comes into force and do police cars not on a call have to adhere to this speed limit. yourallnuts
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5:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

emma_barnes says...

Email your questions to anna.roberts@theargu
s.co.uk or call Anna on 01273 544539.
Email your questions to anna.roberts@theargu s.co.uk or call Anna on 01273 544539. emma_barnes
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5:13pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Anna Roberts says...

Hi
People can also leave comments here - I should have said that! I will pick up on them and put them to Natalie.
Thanks
Anna.
Hi People can also leave comments here - I should have said that! I will pick up on them and put them to Natalie. Thanks Anna. Anna Roberts
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6:16pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Justin says...

Say one of your team came to you and said "If I concentrate on nicking drivers I consider to be driving carelessly or dangerously I will stop about five per shift. If I stop everyone I see doing 85 mph in light traffic on the A27 I will issue many more penalties but most of these drivers are not endangering anyone. Should I concentrate on the really bad drivers or just get as many as possible?". What would your advice to them be?
Say one of your team came to you and said "If I concentrate on nicking drivers I consider to be driving carelessly or dangerously I will stop about five per shift. If I stop everyone I see doing 85 mph in light traffic on the A27 I will issue many more penalties but most of these drivers are not endangering anyone. Should I concentrate on the really bad drivers or just get as many as possible?". What would your advice to them be? Justin
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6:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

brighton-breezy says...

Are red cars really faster than blue ones?
Are red cars really faster than blue ones? brighton-breezy
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6:26pm Tue 26 Feb 13

peebee9 says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
Are red cars really faster than blue ones?
No, only their drivers.
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: Are red cars really faster than blue ones?[/p][/quote]No, only their drivers. peebee9
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6:55pm Tue 26 Feb 13

medianscore says...

Hi,

When are you going to stop harassing ordinary motorists and get out of your patrol cars, start walking the beat, meeting local residents and start catching the real criminals, you know; burglars, street muggers, hard drug sellers, illegal immigrants, peadophiles and the bank card fraudsters?

Surely it doesn't take 184 years since Sir Robert Peel invented you people to GET IT? Does it?
Hi, When are you going to stop harassing ordinary motorists and get out of your patrol cars, start walking the beat, meeting local residents and start catching the real criminals, you know; burglars, street muggers, hard drug sellers, illegal immigrants, peadophiles and the bank card fraudsters? Surely it doesn't take 184 years since Sir Robert Peel invented you people to GET IT? Does it? medianscore
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7:01pm Tue 26 Feb 13

AmboGuy says...

Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?
Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do? AmboGuy
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7:22pm Tue 26 Feb 13

maxiboy_ says...

AmboGuy wrote:
Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?
But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says.

Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit.

I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent.

The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless.
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?[/p][/quote]But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says. Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit. I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent. The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless. maxiboy_
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7:34pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Corn Hill says...

The A27 has to be one of the most dangerous roads in E Sussex.
There are accidents on it on almost a daily basis.
There's been another one this afternoon by Middle Farm.
The road has been closed and many folk have been inconvenienced on their way home from work. Hopefully no one has been badly injured or worse.

Do any of the drivers who cause these accidents ever get charged with anything as we hardly ever seem to read anything about them after the accidents, compared to how many accidents there seem to be.

Thanks.
The A27 has to be one of the most dangerous roads in E Sussex. There are accidents on it on almost a daily basis. There's been another one this afternoon by Middle Farm. The road has been closed and many folk have been inconvenienced on their way home from work. Hopefully no one has been badly injured or worse. Do any of the drivers who cause these accidents ever get charged with anything as we hardly ever seem to read anything about them after the accidents, compared to how many accidents there seem to be. Thanks. Corn Hill
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7:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

plantwoman says...

Are you going to do something about people that continually park on the pavements and grass verges in Sompting, I am sick of having to walk in the road.
Are you going to do something about people that continually park on the pavements and grass verges in Sompting, I am sick of having to walk in the road. plantwoman
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8:14pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Brighton Visitor says...

Do people in Brighton even know how to drive their cars properly?

Not according to what I have seen.
Do people in Brighton even know how to drive their cars properly? Not according to what I have seen. Brighton Visitor
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8:22pm Tue 26 Feb 13

hyram77 says...

Dear Superintendent Maloney,
In your opinion, is the Sussex Road Policing Unit able to continue being pro- active in policing the roads or simply re-active in light of recent cuts and general poor morale amongst officers?
Dear Superintendent Maloney, In your opinion, is the Sussex Road Policing Unit able to continue being pro- active in policing the roads or simply re-active in light of recent cuts and general poor morale amongst officers? hyram77
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9:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Dave At Home says...

Could you leave the poor motorists alone for a while and concentrate on the ones with incorrect number plates, speeding vans, drivers who sit in the outside lane, cars and vans with blown bulbs and drivers who do not know what front fog lights are for, once you have these sorted you can return to stopping the ones you are presently catching.
Could you leave the poor motorists alone for a while and concentrate on the ones with incorrect number plates, speeding vans, drivers who sit in the outside lane, cars and vans with blown bulbs and drivers who do not know what front fog lights are for, once you have these sorted you can return to stopping the ones you are presently catching. Dave At Home
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9:30pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

maxiboy_ wrote:
AmboGuy wrote:
Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?
But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says.

Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit.

I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent.

The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless.
What stats do you have that supports / proves your point?

I think I know the answer, however would love to hear from you again if I am wrong!
[quote][p][bold]maxiboy_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?[/p][/quote]But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says. Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit. I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent. The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless.[/p][/quote]What stats do you have that supports / proves your point? I think I know the answer, however would love to hear from you again if I am wrong! Somethingsarejustwrong
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10:07pm Tue 26 Feb 13

holly1977 says...

medianscore wrote:
Hi,

When are you going to stop harassing ordinary motorists and get out of your patrol cars, start walking the beat, meeting local residents and start catching the real criminals, you know; burglars, street muggers, hard drug sellers, illegal immigrants, peadophiles and the bank card fraudsters?

Surely it doesn't take 184 years since Sir Robert Peel invented you people to GET IT? Does it?
Medianscore - has it occurred to you that perhaps criminals, burglars, muggers, drug sellers, fraudsters blah blah all use cars?, and generally break the law in those cars? More than one way to skin a cat!! and sadly get more severe sentences from the courts than robbery etc!! but understand what u r saying however the law is the law, and there for a reason (ie safety) try telling a family of a 9 yr old child why their son/daughter died, due to a 'normal' motorist speeding, or using their phone etc!!
[quote][p][bold]medianscore[/bold] wrote: Hi, When are you going to stop harassing ordinary motorists and get out of your patrol cars, start walking the beat, meeting local residents and start catching the real criminals, you know; burglars, street muggers, hard drug sellers, illegal immigrants, peadophiles and the bank card fraudsters? Surely it doesn't take 184 years since Sir Robert Peel invented you people to GET IT? Does it?[/p][/quote]Medianscore - has it occurred to you that perhaps criminals, burglars, muggers, drug sellers, fraudsters blah blah all use cars?, and generally break the law in those cars? More than one way to skin a cat!! and sadly get more severe sentences from the courts than robbery etc!! but understand what u r saying however the law is the law, and there for a reason (ie safety) try telling a family of a 9 yr old child why their son/daughter died, due to a 'normal' motorist speeding, or using their phone etc!! holly1977
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10:31pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Charlie Oscar says...

In general, I would like to say the the Road Policing Team especially in Polegate are a good asset to you. One officer stopped my wife for doing slightly over the limit whilst on her way to pick up a wedding dress for the next day on the polegate bypass. A HT2 unmarked unit stopped her and used his discression not to report or FPN. As a result, her driving style changed,and she has slowed down, and also looks for flekky jackets between the bars on bridges (lol)

No but seriously, its easy for us to slag them off. Whatever we think of the black rats, they are doing their job.

PS named "black rats" as the rats turn on themselves and will eat each other. Well done to Brighton RPU who caught a GP focus not on a Grade 1 for doing nearly 100 on the a27 past dyke junction. Good to see that if its an offence, its an offence.
In general, I would like to say the the Road Policing Team especially in Polegate are a good asset to you. One officer stopped my wife for doing slightly over the limit whilst on her way to pick up a wedding dress for the next day on the polegate bypass. A HT2 unmarked unit stopped her and used his discression not to report or FPN. As a result, her driving style changed,and she has slowed down, and also looks for flekky jackets between the bars on bridges (lol) No but seriously, its easy for us to slag them off. Whatever we think of the black rats, they are doing their job. PS named "black rats" as the rats turn on themselves and will eat each other. Well done to Brighton RPU who caught a GP focus not on a Grade 1 for doing nearly 100 on the a27 past dyke junction. Good to see that if its an offence, its an offence. Charlie Oscar
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11:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

maxiboy_ wrote:
AmboGuy wrote:
Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?
But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says.

Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit.

I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent.

The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless.
Wow! Where did you grow up! There are some terrible crimes carried out in B&H but I can't buy the 'it was better 20 years ago' line. It was much rougher 20 years ago in my opinion and this supported by the Argus and its look back articles.
[quote][p][bold]maxiboy_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: Does it bother you when police hating Internet trolls like medianscore slag you off without knowing anything about your job or what you really do?[/p][/quote]But the person does have a point. 184 years to get Policing right yet crime is rampant - whatever the lying government says. Places like Brighton isn't safe to walk anymore especially after dark. Attacks on people walking the streets is more frequent than it was 20 or 30 years ago. The perpetrators are mostly drug addicts looking to make cash for their habit. I know the Police need more support from the government to get these people locked up for longer but we need Police to walk the streets meeting residents - this is the best deterrent. The 'plastic' Police need scrapping because they are useless.[/p][/quote]Wow! Where did you grow up! There are some terrible crimes carried out in B&H but I can't buy the 'it was better 20 years ago' line. It was much rougher 20 years ago in my opinion and this supported by the Argus and its look back articles. HJarrs
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11:24pm Tue 26 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

Question;

Brighton and Hove, Lewes and other towns are introducing 20 mph zones to improve the safety and the environment for residents. Concern has been raised regarding the effectiveness of 20mph zones if the speed limit is not enforced. Hence, how can you support the introduction of 20mph zones and how do you intend to enforce the speed limits?
Question; Brighton and Hove, Lewes and other towns are introducing 20 mph zones to improve the safety and the environment for residents. Concern has been raised regarding the effectiveness of 20mph zones if the speed limit is not enforced. Hence, how can you support the introduction of 20mph zones and how do you intend to enforce the speed limits? HJarrs
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12:11am Wed 27 Feb 13

punt clunderer says...

When you allocate resources, do you think it raises the forces profile for highly trained officers in expensive bmw estate cars to pull motorists over for not wearing seat belts? How high in the forces priorities is not wearing a seat belt considered on your list of diabolical offences being committed locally?
When you allocate resources, do you think it raises the forces profile for highly trained officers in expensive bmw estate cars to pull motorists over for not wearing seat belts? How high in the forces priorities is not wearing a seat belt considered on your list of diabolical offences being committed locally? punt clunderer
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2:55am Wed 27 Feb 13

The Wolfie says...

When are you going to write tickets for the cyclists that ignore lighting regulations/one way streets/traffic lights/ride on pavements/etc.
When are you going to write tickets for the cyclists that ignore lighting regulations/one way streets/traffic lights/ride on pavements/etc. The Wolfie
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6:52am Wed 27 Feb 13

vince m says...

The main arterial roads are often blocked for four hours or more while 'SOCOs' investigate an accident. Sometimes hours are wasted waiting for them to turn up.

Meantime hundreds, sometimes thousands of lorries, buses and cars are held up. This means ordinary people are late for work, many having the time deducted from their pay.

Others miss hospital appointments they have waited weeks for.

Flights and holidays are missed. Perishable loads are lost. Deliveries are delayed.

Lorry drivers are forced to stop else the pass their legal driving hours.

I've known people miss family funerals and other occasions. Not to mention the thousands of meals ruined.

It appears to me that the police are absolutely indifferent to the misery they inflict on thousands trapped in their vehicles with no toilets or water. No empathy.

I wouldn't mind so much, but most of the time no one has been seriously injured.
The main arterial roads are often blocked for four hours or more while 'SOCOs' investigate an accident. Sometimes hours are wasted waiting for them to turn up. Meantime hundreds, sometimes thousands of lorries, buses and cars are held up. This means ordinary people are late for work, many having the time deducted from their pay. Others miss hospital appointments they have waited weeks for. Flights and holidays are missed. Perishable loads are lost. Deliveries are delayed. Lorry drivers are forced to stop else the pass their legal driving hours. I've known people miss family funerals and other occasions. Not to mention the thousands of meals ruined. It appears to me that the police are absolutely indifferent to the misery they inflict on thousands trapped in their vehicles with no toilets or water. No empathy. I wouldn't mind so much, but most of the time no one has been seriously injured. vince m
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7:02am Wed 27 Feb 13

Jetsamandflotsam says...

Are the tiny 20 mph speed limit signs been put up all over brighton actually legally enforceable?
They dont appear to the correct size
Are the tiny 20 mph speed limit signs been put up all over brighton actually legally enforceable? They dont appear to the correct size Jetsamandflotsam
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7:34am Wed 27 Feb 13

Jetsamandflotsam says...

Why in your picture do you look so worried?
Why in your picture do you look so worried? Jetsamandflotsam
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7:54am Wed 27 Feb 13

still waiting says...

There are times when looking at some of the comments on the Argus website that I seriously start to wonder if the principle of one person, one vote is a good thing...
There are times when looking at some of the comments on the Argus website that I seriously start to wonder if the principle of one person, one vote is a good thing... still waiting
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8:09am Wed 27 Feb 13

RottingdeanRant says...

Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through.
Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through. RottingdeanRant
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8:24am Wed 27 Feb 13

monkeymoo says...

RottingdeanRant wrote:
Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through.
Totally agree.
Also, why no police presence at start and end of school? the amount of mums parking in the "no parking" zones is ridiculous. I bet they'd be the first to complain if their child was run over!
[quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Also, why no police presence at start and end of school? the amount of mums parking in the "no parking" zones is ridiculous. I bet they'd be the first to complain if their child was run over! monkeymoo
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9:28am Wed 27 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

What can and will be done to restore public confidence in the Police and, for example, being out at night in Brighton.

And what is your opinion of the Police Commissioner posting? A waste of time? Supporting you and your colleagues? Something Else?
What can and will be done to restore public confidence in the Police and, for example, being out at night in Brighton. And what is your opinion of the Police Commissioner posting? A waste of time? Supporting you and your colleagues? Something Else? Crystal Ball
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6:54pm Wed 27 Feb 13

emma_barnes says...

RottingdeanRant wrote:
Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through.
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[quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: Why does there seem to be no effort to prosecute people who use mobile phones while drive? I see offenders every day - both the ‘white van drivers’ and mums with children in the car. I would have thought it possible to place a couple of PCs along a road like the B2123 into Rottingdean to start dealing with this dangerous habit. Maybe a few publicised fines would get the message through.[/p][/quote]http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/policing-in- sussex/transparency/ information-rights/f reedom-of-informatio n/previous-foi-reque sts/crime-and-polici ng/crime-statistics/ number-of-fpns-issue d-for-driving-using- mobiles-%28feb-2011% 29/ Heres your statistical answer emma_barnes
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