Published Friday, 06 September 2013
Police will be watching for motor offences particularly around schools. (© UTV)
As the roads have returned to normal with higher volumes of traffic after the summer school holidays, the PSNI are urging all road users to plan ahead for their journey, and stay focused.
Inspector Rosie Leach of PSNI Roads Policing said more traffic could bring more dangers.
"We enjoyed less traffic and even less pedestrians early in the morning and in the afternoons for the last two months, but now we all need to remember that congestion can bring danger to pedestrians," she said.
"We are asking drivers to leave greater time for their journey and most importantly, keep an eye out for children on bicycles or on foot, particularly close to schools, junctions and at bus stops," said the police officer.
She added: "Busy mornings can sometimes mean being in a rush to get to out of the house and to your destination. Distractions could affect your concentration on the road ahead and could affect your ability to properly control your vehicle. Leave your home earlier, slow down, look out for dangers and remember your safety and the safety of others.
Inspector Leach urged parents to educate children on how to cross the road safely, use pedestrian crossings where possible - and if they cycle to ensure they wear a helmet.
"It is important that they cross precisely at these locations and not take the risk of crossing even a short distance away," she added.
"They should also be aware that it's better to miss the bus and be late as opposed to taking their chances by running across roads to catch a bus."
The roads safety spokesperson stressed that anyone travelling with children should ensure they are restrained properly - with an appropriate child seat for any youngster under three.
Inspector Leach added: "Police will be paying special attention close to schools in the first few weeks of term and where offences are noted, whether for speeding, inappropriate parking or allowing children to travel unrestrained, will be issuing advice, guidance, warning and when appropriate, fixed penalty tickets which carry three penalty points."
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