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Public meeting to form road safety committee in response to growing number of fatalities

Programmes to be delivered for 'vulnerable' road users

A meeting is due to take place tomorrow (Monday) with the aim of establishing a new road safety committee in the borough.

The launch will take place in Craigavon Civic Centre, from 7pm until 9pm, and all are invited to attend this public meeting.

The road safety committee will cover the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area.

The committee will be affiliated to Road Safe NI and will work alongside the other seven existing local committees.

Joan Kinnaird, Chairperson of Road Safe NI, said: “We have met with a number of key stakeholders in the ABC Council area and there is a real desire to set up a local committee.

“According to PSNI statistics nine people were killed on the roads in the ABC Council area last year and many more seriously injured. We want to work together to see these number reduce.

“We aim to have a local committee in each super-council area to deliver relevant road safety projects at a community level.

“These will focus on the main causation factors of serious road traffic collisions which are speed, drink/drug driving, driver inattention, not wearing seat belts and vehicle maintenance, particularly tyres.

“We also deliver programmes for vulnerable road users like primary school children, new drivers and passengers, those driving for work, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users.

“We are a registered charity and all our committees are made up of volunteers from across all walks of life whether that be the private, public or voluntary sector. We particularly welcome younger members. The committees usually meet up to 10 times per year as well as running the events.”

The official launch meeting will include a presentation from Road Safe NI, examples of what other committees do annually, discuss local road safety issues and recruit members to join the committee.

For more information about Road Safe NI, visit their website (www.roadsafeni.com) or follow them on Facebook.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, email info@roadsafeni.com or call 077 6430 2432.

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