‘Brake’ survey results revealed

BALLYCASTLE SDLP councillor Dónal Cunningham has highlighted the results of a survey carried out by road safety charity Brake which is calling for 20mph speed limits near schools, homes and shops.

Brake’s findings show 43% of the children aged seven to 11 said they have been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling, while a further 54% worried about being hurt by traffic.

Speaking at the start of Road Safety week Mr Cunningham said: “As part of Road Safety Week we need to raise awareness among drivers about the need for slower speeds in built up areas. The Assembly is soon to debate proposals requiring for a 20mph speed limit in residential areas. As well as that we need to take a serious look at routes walking and cycling to our schools.

“A private members Bill, being introduced by my SDLP colleague Conall McDevitt MLA will urge the Assembly to work towards 20mph being the norm in all built up areas.

“Studies show that at 20mph drivers have much more time to react and fewer casualties occur among pedestrians and cyclists. It is paramount that children in particular feel safe when walking to and from school.”