Belfast Telegraph

PSNI issue Easter road warning as stats show nine deaths in 2018

Police have issued a plea for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to take care on the roads over the bank holiday Easter weekend.

New stats released by the PSNI on Friday show nine people have lost their lives in incidents on Northern Ireland's roads in 2018.

It marks a slight decrease on the same period for 2016 (14 deaths) and 2017 (11 deaths).

In 2015, collisions on Northern Ireland's roads claimed four lives over the Easter weekend. 

Police have said it is "critically important" everyone focuses on road safety due to the increased risk of crashes.

Chief Inspector Diane Pennington said: "With many school children and young people enjoying the holidays, road users should also keep an eye out for increased numbers of children using or crossing roads, particularly close to parks and leisure amenities, in addition to junctions and bus stops.

“Pedestrians must pay attention to their environment, whether that means not getting distracted by friends or mobile devices, or being especially careful when walking on country roads by walking against the traffic flow or by wearing highly visible clothing.

“With the brighter evenings we are particularly mindful of motorcyclists taking to the roads, so we’re encouraging bikers to ensure their motorcycles and safety equipment are in good working order, that they ride defensively and that if they haven’t already done so, consider booking a training session on our Bikesafe programme.

"In addition, drivers need to be alert to the presence of motorcyclists using the road network, particularly when emerging from and turning into junctions."

CI Pennington also asked that cyclists wear helmets and ensure they are visible to drivers, and that drivers take care to be aware of cyclists.

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