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McAleer welcomes road safety improvements for rural primary schools

Published: 17 January, 2017

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20 mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies.

Declan McAleer said:

"Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups using our roads both in the vicinity in schools and the wider community.

"A recent innovation by the Infrastructure Minister has seen the development of part-time 20 mph speed limits at schools, especially those on roads where the national speed limit applies. The speed limit at these schools is reduced to 20 mph at opening and closing times during term times.

"The department is now going to test alternative signing arrangements at ten schools.

"This test will allow them to assess the effectiveness of new arrangements against the existing systems and should also pick up any unforeseen issues.

"If successful a decision can then be taken whether there should be a comprehensive programme of part-time speed limits rolled out at all rural primary schools.

"It's important that we do all in our power to reduce the levels of deaths and serious injuries on the roads."