Road Safety Officers

The Environment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 18th September 2000.

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Photo of Kieran McCarthy Kieran McCarthy Alliance 4:00 pm, 18th September 2000

6. asked the Minister of the Environment when the additional road safety officers to be employed by his Department will be in post.

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Photo of Mr Sam Foster Mr Sam Foster UUP

The process to appoint the 10 additional road safety education officers that I announced in July is well advanced. I expect selection interviews to take place in October with successful candidates taking up their posts by November. This is an essential element in my drive to improve road safety awareness among children. I visited Crawfordsburn Primary School last week and launched the new road safety calendar. I pay tribute to the excellent work of the road safety education officers.

The terrible carnage on the roads this weekend, indeed the carnage and deaths over the whole year, is saddening. I extend my sympathy to everyone who has suffered. It is terrible news for any family to receive. The "valley of death" is one great area of tears, and it creates devastation. There have been 118 deaths this year in Northern Ireland, and that is far too many. Today, I appeal to everyone to slow down, go easier, and be careful on the roads.

Photo of Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice Speaker

Our time being up, it is not possible to give Mr McCarthy the usual supplementary question.