Kearney makes urgent appeal for caution on the roads
Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has made an urgent appeal for caution by all road users on local roads over the Christmas period.
Speaking after meeting with senior Antrim and Newtownabbey PSNI commanders yesterday, Mr Kearney said,
"As part of my regular engagement with senior PSNI commanders, I have continued to highlight rural road safety concerns in the South Antrim area.
"This has resulted in raising rural road safety awareness and major road safety improvements especially in the Moneyglass and Creggan areas, where the PSNI and Transport NI have now introduced important speed reduction measures and are also considering additional options.
"During my most recent meeting yesterday, I received an update on continuing road safety measures across the constituency. This included a report on the success of the PSNI's recent random breath test initiative.
"I was pleased to hear that the vast majority of drivers tested to date have provided negative results, indicating a growing awareness about the dangers of drink driving.
"However, I do remain concerned about drivers travelling at speed in some areas and without due regard for road conditions, or other road users. This includes complaints from local constituents of young drivers behaving recklessly on the roads around Crumlin. I observed this problem myself last Tuesday night while on constituency business.
“During my meeting with the local police management I requested additional high visibility speed detection operations around the Crumlin, Parkgate/Doagh, Randalstown/Creggan, and Toome/Moneyglass areas over the next few weeks. Motorists should note that excessive and illegal speeding can be detected for distances of up to a half a mile.
"I am advising drivers to exercise extra caution on the roads, particularly over this Christmas period. There has already been extreme weather and associated dangerous driving conditions all across South Antrim.
"I am making a special appeal for everyone to drive with care, and respect for other road users during this Christmas holiday season. A moment's recklessness, or those few minutes of speed to try and to save time on a journey can so easily turn an otherwise enjoyable time with friends and family into tragedy, and a lifetime of regret." Ends/Críoch