Locals complete road safety training

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has congratulated members of Foyle U3A (University of the Third Age) and Easilink Community Transport who recently completed Road Safety Training funded through the 2013/14 DOE Road Safety Grant Funding Programme.

Mr Durkan said he commended the good work being done at local level by community and voluntary groups. “This project will help us reach out further to the community and educate members of the importance of road safety. Everyone who uses the roads has to play a part and must adjust their behaviours to suit the conditions. Drivers, particularly, need to concentrate and not get distracted, always wear a seatbelt, never drink and drive and moderate their speed to the road and the conditions.

“Road deaths are overwhelmingly due to human error which means we can prevent them. If we ask how many road deaths are acceptable some people offer different numbers.

“But if I were to ask what would be acceptable within a person’s own close community or even their family circle, surely the answer would be “none”, in every case.

“Zero may seem to be beyond our grasp, particularly given the first few weeks of this year, but to work relentlessly towards it must not be beyond our ambition.

“No-one is saying it is going to be easy or achieved overnight. The challenge will be to maintain and deepen the momentum of recent years.

“I want to call on the entire community to support this principle. Encourage your friends, your family to sign up to the pledge at www.sharetheroadtozero.com”