DPP chair urges safer driving

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The chair of Derry’s District Policing Partnership has urged motorists to drive more responsibly after spending a night on patrol with the PSNI.

SDLP councillor Thomas Conway went on patrol with the PSNI Roads Policing Unit on Sunday night.

“Firstly I would like to congratulate the Roads Policing Unit on their professionalism and dedication to making our roads safer for all users,” he says.

“This year, the police and their partners have achieved substantial reductions in the numbers killed or seriously injured on our roads. However during Sunday night’s operation in the rural area I witnessed at first hand dangerous and careless driving by motorists. This included drivers acting irresponsibly by speeding, using a mobile phone when driving and not wearing seatbelts”.

Cllr Conway added, “This type of behaviour is unacceptable and extremely dangerous and often leads to death and serious injury. Police officers and in particular the Roads Policing Unit are trying their best to make our roads safer and reduce the number of fatalities but we all need to act more responsibly when driving.”