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Speed trailer request as 30mph zones in south Armagh villages repeatedly ignored

A speed trailer has been requested for some south Armagh villages as motorists continue to ignore the 30mph limit.

Over the past few weeks a trailer has been positioned at a number of villages including; Culloville, Belleek, Whitecross, Mullaghbawn and Dromintee.

Sinn Fein councillor Mickey Larkin met with the PSNI at Tullymacrieve Road in Mullaghbawn.

However, the presence of both a PSNI officer and speed trailer still did not deter some drivers.

“Whilst there I was disappointed to witness a number of vehicles driving at over 40mph as they approached the Cranny Road junction,” explained councillor Larkin.

“I have since requested that the trailer revisits these sites and others such as Lislea.”

He added: “Although this was an attempt to educate drivers as to their speed, it is vital that we all slow down within our villages.

“A 10mph speed difference can be the deciding factor whether a pedestrian lives or dies when struck by a vehicle.

“We must respect all road users and ensure that our villages are safe places for residents to live.”

The Sinn Féin elected representative said the evenings in particular will be a lot darker earlier due to the change in the clocks.

“Winter is firmly upon us and I would appeal to motorists and pedestrians to take extra care. Pedestrians, cyclists, road signs and other road users are more difficult to spot in these dark evenings.

“Following complaints from residents of a number of villages in district relating to speeding, I and other community representatives met with the PSNI to discuss possible solutions to increase road safety in the area.

“At this meeting I requested the deployment of the speed indicator trailer throughout Slieve Gullion DEA in an effort to educate drivers of their speed within 30 or 40 mph zones.”

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