Road users in the Lisburn area are being urged to take more care following several recent accidents.
The call comes from Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) who is appealing for all residents and visitors in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to drive, walk and cycle carefully on the roads.
“I would like to reiterate the very important messages delivered by the emergency services over recent weeks,” said Mr Carson.
“It is vital that individuals take personal responsibility for their own safety when travelling on our roads.
“In partnership with the PSNI the local PCSP will be undertaking a number of safety initiatives to drive home the importance of driving safely and at reasonable speeds.
“Local police officers have been spotted on various key roads in and out of the Council area with speed cameras. Their aim is to deter people from speeding rather than issue fines and penalty points but be assured with the full support of the PCSP any offenders will receive such fines as not only are they risking their lives but also that of any passengers in their vehicle and perhaps also pedestrians.
“In previous years PCSPs would have been very involved in promoting the importance of all aspects of road safety; and as Chairman I would be very supportive of a number of such initiatives being carried out by the Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP over the next 12 months.
“The messages delivered may seem to be hard hitting but this is necessary given the serious consequences of accidents on our roads.
“Any death on our roads is one too many and the devastation that the unexpected loss of a loved one causes the family and friends left behind is long lasting.
“Be very aware of driving conditions and adjust your speed and vehicle lighting accordingly.
“Always wear your seatbelt, and never drive under the influence of drink or drugs and do not use your mobile phone outside of a hands free kit when driving.”
Superintendent Sean Wright added: “Everyone must remember to drive safely within the speed limit. Do not operate any vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and do not use a mobile phone while driving or do anything that would distract your concentration on the road ahead and other road users and pedestrians.
“I ask everyone to be patient and courteous toward other road users.”