Speed warning signs to be deployed at primary schools

Dessie Blackadder

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Dessie Blackadder

MOTORISTS in the Ballymena area are being warned to slow down to save lives near primary schools and other areas across the borough where speeding is a problem.

Over the next few months, a number of speed detection and alert signs (SIDs), funded by Mid and East Antrim’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership, will be deployed across the borough.

It’s part of a scheme to tackle speeding, particularly in areas where young people may be playing or attending school.

Mid and East Antrim have previously worked with communities in Kells and Connor, Moorfields and Ballycarry where similar devices have been installed and proved a success. The signs not only highlight the speed of the passing vehicle, but also record the data.

Chair of Mid and East Antrim PCSP, Cllr Paul Sinclair said: “The aim of the scheme is to help keep our children and communities safe as well as protecting other road users and pedestrians by warning drivers to slow down.

“Mid and East Antrim PCSP are committed to making our communities safer and it is hoped that this initiative will go some way to addressing the many road safety concerns raised by our communities across the borough. 55 people died on our roads last year, and this needs to stop.Over the past year road safety has been a priority for the partnership and we have worked closely with many of our local schools to raise awareness around the dangers of speeding.

“Mid and East Antrim PCSP will continue its hard work with our PSNI partners and local communities throughout 2019 as no death on our roads is acceptable.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries welcomed the initiative: “Anything that gets drivers to pay more attention to their speed has to be a good investment. People want to be able to feel safe in the place where they live and I would encourage anyone travelling across this borough, particularly close to schools, or play parks, to pay more attention to their speed and other road users.”

This initiative is being rolled out in partnership with the PSNI and Department for Infrastructure. To find out more or to see if you can get a device in your area go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/PCSP

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