Road safety in South Down to be discussed at Assembly

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Monday, May 4th, 2015
Community, Politics
Chris Hazzard MLA is to bring forward a motion in the Assembly to discuss road safety in residential areas of South Down.
Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard

Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “The volume of traffic going through built up areas at speed, has been one of the biggest local issues that has been raised with Sinn Féin at the doors across South Down. “Along with fellow MLA Caitríona Ruane and councillors on Newry, Mourne and Down council, I will to continue to work with TransportNI (formerly Roads Service), to make road safer and give priority to pedestrians and cyclists on our roads. “I have already gone on the record in stating that at present it would seem that motorists have priority. As a result I will be bringing forward a motion in the Assembly to discuss road safety in residential areas of South Down. He continued, “We have made contact with TransportNI as this issue repeatedly arisen in communities from Glenn and Annaclone to Longstone and Drumaroad. “We favour an approach which educates road users as to the dangers of excess speed through our towns and village, as opposed to penalising them, with speed cameras, fines and police checkpoints. “For example, when we’ve met with TransportNI and have asked that they look at the ‘YOUR SPEED’ displays, used in towns and villages in the south. Let’s encourage road users to be responsible instead of imposing fines. Hazzard added, “We will be following up on contact we have made with communities across South Down in the near future.”

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