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Speeding rural motorists urged to 'slow down'

Thursday, 10 August 2017

CONCERN has been expressed this week over the level of speeding motorists in rural areas across West Tyrone.

Fearing that the situation was 'getting out of hand', Mid-Tyrone area councillor, Bert Wilson, told the Tyrone Constitution that he had been contacted by several people over the issue.

"I've had reports of speeding and drivers doing wheelies and donuts on these small country roads where they think they can get away with it. Given the poor state of some of these roads this is an accident waiting to happen and I'd ask the PSNI to double their efforts to catch people like this," said Cllr Wilson.

Inspector Glen Latimer of the PSNI confirmed police in Omagh had conducted speed detection and awareness operations in Greencastle and Rouskey over the last few days following concerns raised recently by local residents.

 "Inappropriate speed for the conditions is consistently one of the main causes of the most serious collisions on roads here, which kill and seriously injure people. It is disappointing that so many people are still being detected taking unnecessary and dangerous risks, whether speeding or running red traffic lights," said Insp. Latimer.

 "Our message is simple - poor standards and anti-social driving will not be tolerated. Showing off not only annoys the community, but it puts innocent members of the community at risk of injury or even death. Trying to impress your friends means you are not concentrating on the road, which may lead to loss of your licence and/or loss of liberty and life.

 "Road safety should be everyone's priority because the simple reality is that many collisions can be avoided.

 "So slow down; pay greater attention to your surroundings; leave the mobile phone alone; always wear a seatbelt and never ever drive after drinking or taking drugs. Look out for other road users.

 "Whether as a driver, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian or a cyclist, we all share the roads and the responsibility for road safety. We would like to ask the community for help in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads by reporting all incidents of careless and inconsiderate driving, dangerous driving and anti-social driving that are witnessed; ensuring all vehicle and driver details are reported at the earliest opportunity to police.

 "Police encourage anyone with concerns about speeding, or any other road safety issue, to contact them so they can take action to address any illegal activity on the roads. Police can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101," he said.

On the local PSNI Facebook page some locals reacted to their operations and encouraged them to visit Gortin more often.

"Pity you weren't farther up the newly tarred road where folk think it's ok to be doing 60+mph. All you can see if a cloud of dust coming towards you and then all the stones hitting your car," said one, while another added that plenty of people were speeding up Gortin main street travelling in excess of the speed limit.

"And some people will even over take you as well going up or down the street," the contributor added.

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