19/11/2019

Harbour Police Join Road Safety Campaign

Harbour Police in Belfast are hoping to lead the way and encourage organisations, schools and community groups to help eliminate death and serious injury from our roads.

As part of Road Safety Week, 18-24 November, police will be promoting vehicle and road safety at various locations within the Belfast Harbour Estate. This will include road safety information stands at local businesses, road safety activities on the roads and cycle ways within the Belfast Harbour road network.

Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road, devastating families and local communities left behind.

This year's Road Safety Week theme, 'step up for safe streets', is focusing on the safe systems approach, a series of design-led solutions that can prevent tragedies and make local roads safer.

They include 20mph limits in urban areas, the use of vehicle technology which prevents vehicles from speeding, segregated cycle paths and graduated driver licensing.
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Brake is urging everyone to 'step up' by leaving the car at home to help improve safety and air quality. The charity is also encouraging people to pledge to be a safe driver – always keeping within speed limits and never drinking or taking drugs and driving.

The charity is encouraging participation in its national survey about the safety of the streets where you live. Accessible online, Brake will share the findings with relevant local authorities to held them understand the views of local people who live and work in the area.

Dave Nichols, community engagement manager for Brake, said: "We're delighted Belfast Harbour Police are getting involved with Road Safety Week and stepping up for safe streets. Nobody should be killed or seriously injured on our roads. We already know the many solutions that can prevent these tragedies and allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways. It's vital everyone gets involved with learning about, shouting about and celebrating these solutions. Whether though campaigning for safer roads or choosing to use roads as safely as possible. Together we can make roads safer for everyone."



(JG/MH)

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