Road safety is once again of priority during the party season and this year the PSNI are hoping for a safe Christmas for all those travelling.
Constable Trevor Kirke, from the Traffic Branch said, “By taking more care on our roads – by slowing down, paying attention, wearing seat belts, not using mobile phones and never driving under the influence of drink or drugs – we can all help save lives and ‘Share the Road to Zero’.
“We will enforce the law and are determined to make Northern Ireland’s roads safer, but our role is very much secondary. Road users must accept their responsibility to think about their actions on the roads and modify their driving to cope with winter conditions.
Similarly, pedestrians and cyclists need to see and be seen.” Inspector Steve Haslett, commander of Road Policing in the Western part of Northern Ireland, pointed out that drivers should take precautionary checks before going on the road.
He noted, “When the frost and snow arrive, it is vital to have good tyres to keep you and other road users safe. Check your tyres now to see they meet the legal requirements and don’t forget the spare.
A defective tyre could lead to a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence. “More importantly, though tyres are your point of contact with the road.
Defective, worn or just incorrectly inflated tyres could increase your risk of losing control or reduce your chances of stopping safely in a crisis.” He asked drivers to check that their lights are working, particularly fog lights.Defective lights or illegal use of fog lights can result in a £30 fixed penalty notice.
Before moving off in the morning, he also implored drivers to make sure their windows are clear of any frost or ice, adding, “When the weather does turn nasty, the best form of road safety is a simple one: slow down and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.”
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