Police in the E District of Lurgan, Northern Ireland have issued over 300 fixed penalty notices to drivers for careless and dangerous driving offences over a four-week period. During the four-week-long road safety operation, two road safety teams were deployed to educate road users on safety in areas stretching across Banbridge, Armagh, Craigavon, Mourne and Newry.
According to E District Operations Superintendent Davy Moore, there have been 18 deaths in the district so far this year compared to six deaths during the same period last year. Targeted patrols were conducted and response from the community has been positive, even among those who were stopped for using a mobile phone or for speeding.
The police also actively listened to the community via social media and stepped up to patrol the areas that were of concern to the public. Over the four-week time period, 143 drivers were issued with advice and warnings and 20 were dealt with by discretionary disposals. In addition, 301 motorists were issued with a fixed penalty notice and seven people were arrested.
The police and TfL have urged road users to absolutely avoid alcohol and drugs while driving, to wear a seat belt, to reduce their speed and to avoid using their mobile phone while driving. The majority of motorists were happy to engage with the patrol teams and the police aim to continue their campaign for road safety to actively promote the cause to drivers in E District.
How advice and enforcement can help
Careless and dangerous driving can put lives at risk and can cause a serious injury or fatality on the road. Police enforcement can discourage this kind of behaviour but issuing advice is also important to ensure that drivers are aware of their responsibilities on the road.
The most common offences are not wearing a seat belt, drinking or using drugs while driving, speeding and using a mobile phone while driving. Avoiding this ‘fatal four’ can help to significantly reduce the risk of an accident occurring. If you have been involved in an accident with a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
How to get help with your claim
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Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown