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Mallusk Community Speed Watch Project Launched

Mallusk has become the latest area in the Borough to benefit from the installation of a Speed Indicator Advice (SID).

The move follows extensive public consultation which revealed road safety as one of the top three issues of concern in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s 2018/19 Action Plan.

In response, Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership have launched a Community Speed Watch Project in partnership with Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI); Department for Infrastructure (DfI); Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mallusk Community Action Group.

The signs are used as awareness raising tools which help make motorists aware of their speed, advising them to slow down to prevent death and serious injury on our roads. 

SIDs display real-time vehicle speeds in an attempt to change drivers’ speed behaviour. They also store data on all approaching vehicles irrespective of speed, which includes the number of vehicles detected, the average speeds of the vehicles, the number of speed violations and the speed reductions being achieved by the signs.

However, they do not record any vehicle registration details or other information that could be used to enforce a speeding conviction. They are used most effectively in areas where the speed limit is restricted, as a reminder to drivers that they need to slow down.

This project has received financial support from Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Department for Infrastructure and Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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