Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has acknowledged the valuable role the voluntary and community sector play in making the roads safer in Derry.
Mr Durkan made his comments when presenting awards to members of Foyle U3A (University of the Third Age) who took part in ‘Walk-Bike-Drive-Safe’ project funded through the 2014/15 DOE Road Safety Grant Funding Programme.
Minister Durkan said: “The Foyle U3A project ensured that our older population are as safe as they can be on our roads by providing road safety awareness / Highway Code training, walk leader training, a safer cycling course and individual practical driving assessments. This good work at local level by Foyle U3A and other community and voluntary groups is a very important contribution to delivering road safety messages at the heart of the community.
“Road safety is an all year round challenge for every single road user. Just one mistake can destroy lives and sadly the same mistakes are made over and over again. Each of us has an interest in preventing needless death and injury as a result of poor road user behaviour, behaviours that destroy lives and futures.”
Minister Durkan added: “While so far this year 10 people have died on our roads, many hundreds, even thousands, of lives have been saved from death and serious injury by road users adapting their behaviour and doing the right thing.”