05/09/2014

PSNI In Driving Crackdown

The PSNI has announcement a major crackdown on driving offences, effective from today (5 September), following the announcement that 54 people have already died on the roads since the start of the year.

Police said officers will no longer exercise discretion, but will issue tickets for speeding and seatbelt offences and for using a mobile phone while driving.

The news was revealed at a Policing Board meeting on Thursday.
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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "We have tragically seen an increase in deaths on our roads this year. This year to date 54 people have been killed on our roads compared to 57 for the whole of 2013. Each death is one too many. My Department, working with many other organisations, continues to work towards a vision of zero road deaths. Visible enforcement of our road traffic laws is an important part of this.

"We all need to accept responsibility for our behaviour on the road and the consequences that follow. These behaviours, including inappropriate speed and distraction through using a mobile phone, can cause death or life-changing serious injury either to you or other innocent road users. And as a driver or passenger, if you are not wearing your seatbelt in the event of a collision, you can kill or seriously injure yourself or other people in the vehicle.

"Our road traffic laws exist to keep us all safe. I therefore welcome PSNI's recent announcements about their enforcement activity and will continue to work closely with them."

(IT/CD)

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