Newry motorists urged to drive safely on country roads

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Police in Newry are reminding motorists to drive according to road and weather conditions. The reminder comes following a number of reports of concern about driving on country roads in the area. Constable Alan Macartney said, “A number of road users have expressed their concern about driving behaviour on some of the more rural roads in Newry and Mourne. “The speed limit on most of these roads is the national speed limits, however we are asking drivers to use their own initiative and adjust their driving to the conditions. Many of these roads are used by agricultural vehicles and mud and wet weather conditions can leave these roads slippy with a greater braking distance required. “Agricultural vehicles also travel slowly and it is easy for a speeding car or van to get caught out if they take a bend quickly and find themselves behind a slower moving vehicle. “We also know that low lying winter sun can make it difficult to get a clear view of the roads we are driving on so it is important to slow down and give yourself time to react to things that are beyond your line of vision. He added, “We do not want to see anyone injured on our roads so our advice is simple: slow down, take your time drive with caution and adapt your driving to the conditions around you.”

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