DUP Councillor, John Finlay, has expressed his shock that another schoolboy has been knocked down in Cloughmills, but said people in the village were relieved that the boy’s injuries were not life-threatening.
However, he also said that the incident, which occurred about one mile from the fatal accident which claimed the life of 8 year-old Adam Gilmore just a few weeks ago, has caused renewed concern about road safety in the village.
Councillor Finlay said: “When I heard the news that another schoolboy had been knocked down in Cloughmills, I was greatly shocked, and I am just relieved to learn that the 13 year-old is not seriously injured and I wish him a full recovery. It is only by the grace of God that another Cloughmills family is not facing another tragedy so soon after the death of 8 year-old Adam Gilmore less than half a mile away.
“This latest incident is a reminder to us all of the great dangers on our roads, whether we are drivers or pedestrians, and it behoves us all to be vigilant over these dark winter months.
“Accidents happen, but the vast majority of them are preventable, and I am glad that the PSNI are to step up their speed patrols each morning and evening at school times between now and Christmas. That will offer much needed reassurance to the whole community, but especially to parents and schoolchildren.
“I am also glad to know that the local Police and Community Safety Partnership are seeking funding to buy reflective armbands for school-children as an additional safety measure, and if these are procured, they will contribute greatly to overall safety.
“As I have said before, no price can, or should, be placed on public safety for it can, quite literally, be a matter of life or death”