UFU welcomes speed limits at rural schools

Monday, 17 September, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the decision by the Department for Infrastructure to introduce a new part-time speed limit of 20mph, outside seven rural primary schools.

Commenting, UFU's rural affairs chairperson, Joy Rollston, said; “This is an important step in helping reduce the number of collisions and causalities on our roads.  Schools are busy places, especially when children are dropped off and collected.  The Department deserves credit for listening to concerns raised by the UFU and others about the dangers on often fast rural roads.  Implementing and policing part-time speed limits will help keep children safe.  We would urge all motorists to take these seriously – doing so could save a child's life”, she said.

Mrs Rollston added that the UFU would like to see this extended to all rural primary schools as quickly as possible.  New signage and lighting will be erected in the vicinity of the seven schools to warn motorists when the 20mph speed limit is operational.  It will be enforced by the PSNI.