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Six speed indicator signs installed at Community Concern sites
August 2020 - The Lisburn Advertiser
Cllr Alex Swan, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) with Keith Wilson, Chairman of Hillsborough Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and Constable Kurtis Gribben, local Neighbourhood Officer at the launch of the Hillsborough Speed Indicator Device.
Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has just installed a further six Speed Indicator Devices at Ballymaconaghy Road, Carryduff, Ballynahinch Road, Hillsborough, Ravernet Road, Ravernet, Derriaghy Road, Milltown, Leathemstown Road, Dundrod and Clairehill Road, Moira areas in response to road safety concerns by local residents, validated by official PSNI statistics.
These signs are primarily an education tool to advise motorists to slow down to prevent death and serious injury on our roads. This latest number of Speed Indicator Devices brings the total across the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to sixteen with devices already installed at Carryduff, Maghaberry, Anahilt, Ballygowan Road, Castlereagh, Belsize Road, Lisburn, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, Drumbo, Lany Road, Maze, Hillsborough Road, Moneyreagh and Glenavy.
Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) are vehicle activated signs which detect and display real-time vehicle speeds in an attempt to change drivers’ speed behaviour. They also store data on all approaching vehicles irrespective of speed. which includes the number of vehicles detected, the average speeds of the vehicles, the number of speed violations and the speed reductions being achieved by the signs. They are used most effectively in areas where the speed limit is restricted as a reminder to drivers that they need to slow down.
Speaking about the initiative, Councillor Alex Swan, Chairman of the PCSP, said “Road safety has been identified by the PCSP as one of its key priorities and the signs have been installed in response to this issue. Speeding is one of the main causation factors of death and serious injury on our roads and motorists need to be aware of the devastating consequences of road traffic collisions. I want to record my thanks to those local communities who have campaigned tirelessly on road safety issues which have resulted in these devices being installed.”
Chief Inspector John Wilson said "Drivers must take responsibility and stop this dangerous behaviour. Road safety remains a priority for police and we will continue to work alongside Lisburn & Castlereagh City’s PCSP to share information and ensure we deploy our resources in the most effective manner to address this issue. Our message is very straightforward. Slow down; always wear a seatbelt, concentrate on your driving and Never EVER drive after drinking or taking drugs.”