Police drive to cut risky motoring habits

Inspector Jon Burrows Sgt Chris McGurran and Constable Ciaran Smyth.
Inspector Jon Burrows Sgt Chris McGurran and Constable Ciaran Smyth.

Over 100 motoring offences were detected in the area during a month-long focus on road safety, the Leader can reveal.

During September officers from local policing team B in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon conducted road safety patrols and checks on roads across the district aimed at tackling driving behaviours that are linked to serious road traffic collisions.

Over 100 offences linked to speeding, no seatbelts, misuse of mobile phones and no insurance were detected.

Inspector Jon Burrows said: “Lives are lost and ruined on our roads every year and it is important we take enforcement action against driver behaviours that cause collisions, and educate road users about their responsibility to make our roads safer.

“I would urge motorists to put road safety first.

“Always drive within the speed limit, always wear your seatbelt, do not use your mobile phone when driving and never drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Councillor Glenn Barr has welcomed the campaign.

“Any initiative to help cut injury or fatalities on our roads is good.

“Raising awareness and being reminded that a car is essentially a lethal weapon if not used properly is important.

“There are always areas that need particular attention such as coming into our towns like Rathfriland where there is a 30mph zone but people can still easily be clocking around 50mph. Areas around our schools too are of significant concern.

“There’s always a lot that can be included in this sort of campaign.

Councillor Barr added: “Although it’s not always popular, people need to be reminded if they are not driving with the due care and attention needed. Often you will see drivers at the wheel with a moblie phone to their ear. It’s a temptation to answer your phone when driving and people do it, but that doesn’t make it right.

“Some people also think it’s acceptable to read or send a text, especially on country roads, but if you’re looking at your phone then you’re not looking at the road.

“It’s important habits like this are stamped out.”