Durkan announces new road safety initiatives

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Friday, October 16th, 2015
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a number of new road safety initiatives.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan

These include 15 new grant aided projects and two social media campaigns regarding the dangers of drink driving and the use of mobile phones while driving. Speaking at a meeting of the Ministerial Road Safety Group, Minister Durkan said, “Road traffic collisions and their devastating consequences hit right at the core of our communities. Government works hard to inform road users of the problem issues in order to help them make good choices when using the road. “But government can’t succeed on its own and I recognise the valuable part the voluntary and community sector plays in helping us work towards reducing death and injury on our roads. “Sadly, so far this year, 57 people have been killed on our roads. That is why I have decided to progress 15 new projects, totalling £85,500, across Northern Ireland funded by the Department’s Road Safety Grant Scheme. These grants seek to engage and empower individuals and organisations to practise good road safety. “I have also commissioned two new social media campaigns; the first to tackle drink driving and to further reinforce that the only safe level of alcohol when driving, is none. The second social media campaign will address the increasing use of mobile phones while driving and to convey the consequences of this reckless behaviour.” Durkan added, “Good choices by all road users will help keep us all stay safe on our roads. Collectively, as a community, we need to work towards zero road deaths. The efforts of the whole community will surely help in bringing us closer to this goal.”
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