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Kearney welcomes start of rural road safety policing operations across South Antrim

7 August, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has welcomed a series of PSNI rural road safety operations which began across South Antrim in recent days and will continue throughout the summer.

The South Antrim MLA said:

“I welcome the commencement of rural road safety operations across the South Antrim area in recent days.

“During June and July, I and other Sinn Féin elected representatives met with the PSNI Commanders and their senior management officers for both Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Lisburn and Castlereagh Districts on several occasions. These meetings addressed a range of issues, including road safety, particularly in rural parts of my constituency.

"For over two years Sinn Féin has prioritised rural road safety as a constituency campaign in South Antrim. I and our Party representatives have worked closely with the PSNI and Road Service to try and make local roads safer for all roads users. However, much remains to be done. Ironically one of our meetings in June concluded to learn the news of another serious road traffic collision at Nutts Corner.

“I have asked the PSNI to put in place an intensified programme of speed detection and general road safety awareness operations throughout the summer period. I welcome the fact that these began in recent days in Toome, on the Roguery Road at Moneyglass and on the Staffordstown Road. Motorists should take note that more of these speed check initiatives can be expected, and in other areas including at Barnish Road, Whitehill.

"Such speed check operations are essential to reinforce the range of speed reduction measures agreed between Sinn Féin, the PSNI and Roads Service, and implemented over the course of recent months and years.

“I have put to the PSNI the need for a dedicated road safety initiative in the Nutts Corner area, and have been assured that the required resources are to be deployed. I also asked that this particular focus is extended to the Seven Mile Straight, which is a further cause of speeding concern for local residents.

"I am pleased to report that Sinn Féin's ongoing promotion of road safety in Glenavy has once again secured the current deployment of a portable speed monitor system in the village. During my discussions with the Lisburn and Castlereagh District police commander, I highlighted resident’s concerns about the excessive speeding of motorists on the Rock Road and asked that the PSNI make the necessary arrangements to monitor that specific situation.

"The summer period with longer nights, increased levels of motorised farm machinery, milder weather, and school closures is a time of particular importance for all road users to exercise extra care when using our rural roads, and to be even more road safety aware.

“I acknowledge the PSNI's positive engagement with myself and our local councillors to address road safety across South Antrim. I and other Sinn Féin representatives will continue to both publicly support and work closely with the police, and all relevant agencies, to ensure that rural road safety remains a shared priority throughout the South Antrim constituency.” 

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