Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Minister in new road safety drive

Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced he wants to cut road deaths and serious injuries in the young by at least 55% in the next 10 years.

Launching a consultation on developing the Road Safety Strategy for the next decade, Mr Poots said the aim was to cut overall road deaths by 40% in the next 10 years, reduce serious injuries on the roads by at least 45% and to slash road deaths and serious injuries among children and young people by at least 55%.

Measures will include rethinking speed limits on upper tier rural roads, extending the use of remedial courses for bad drivers, introducing more 20mph speed limits in urban areas and auditing road safety education courses.

Meanwhile, plans for Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) could see night curfews for young drivers, limits on the number of passengers they can carry, increasing the length of the R period and setting minimum learning periods.

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