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Tragedy averted for family outside school after lorry ‘jumps’ red lights in Tandragee

'I’m not sure why these particular traffic lights are proving a challenge for motorists as they should be driving with due care and attention and not driving through a set of traffic lights which are clearly red'

Tandragee Primary School traffic lights

A young family were mere seconds from disaster after a lorry drove through traffic lights when red close to Tandragee Primary School.

The incident happened close to the entrance of the school and has led to calls for motorists to be “more mindful” of the lights on the Portadown Road at Tandragee.

Local DUP councillor Gareth Wilson was alerted to the incident of a lorry having ‘jumped’ the red lights as the family was preparing to cross to the other side of the road.

Said Alderman Wilson: “This latest incident was a real shock to the young family concerned as they had proceeded to cross the road at the traffic lights when a lorry decided to drive through the red light.

“The mother had to then pull her child back with her on to the footpath which as you can imagine was quite a shock for them.

“I’m not sure why these particular traffic lights are proving a challenge for motorists as they should be driving with due care and attention and not driving through a set of traffic lights which are clearly red.

“This shows no regard for pedestrian safety and I would urge all motorists to pay more attention.

“The new temporary 20mph speed limits at this location have been approved and hopefully when finally installed it will greatly increase awareness of the need to slow down and drive slowly through the town and crucially with due regard to the traffic lights and those using it to cross the road. The safety of pedestrians of all ages is paramount.”

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