Cars rarely cause collisions. Roads rarely cause collisions. People cause collisions.
Road Safety is an issue that affects every one of us, whether we are drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or horse riders. The Road Policing Unit leads the PSNI’s efforts to keep everyone safe on our roads through working with other agencies to apply the 3 “Es” of Road Safety, namely Enforcement, Education and Engineering.
Road Policing is delivered by the following units:
- Road Policing Strategic Unit based in Antrim and Ballymena who patrol and enforce traffic law on the motorway and major road infrastructure.
- Road Policing Support Group based in Maydown, Omagh and Enniskillen who mount proactive enforcement operations to address identified road safety issues and perform public order duties when required.
- Collision Investigation Unit based in Sprucefield investigates all Fatal Road Traffic Collisions.
Traffic Management Officers are the direct liaison with TransportNI in relation to speed limits, traffic signs and markings, major road schemes and traffic calming. They assist with the traffic management and diversion arrangements for major events.
Road Education Officers deliver road safety messages in schools, youth groups and upon request to other interested parties.
Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy to 2020 sets challenging objectives which cannot be achieved by the police in isolation. Every road user has a part to play to help achieve our aspirational “Road to Zero” target.
The type of behaviour that causes the most collisions, injuries and deaths on our roads are:
- Distracted driving
- Excess or Inappropriate Speed
- Drink or Drug Driving
- Failure to wear a Seatbelt
- Using a mobile phone whilst driving.
It's vital that every road user plays their part in keeping themselves safe and watching out for others. If you see an example of poor driving behavior on the road, don’t be tempted to react or try to deal with yourself. Too often a mistake on the road can escalate into a “road rage” incident that helps nobody.
So keep calm, try to note the following and call 101:
- Location, date and time
- Registration mark (VRM) of the vehicle involved
- Any description of the driver
- Did anyone else witness the incident? Can you note their VRM?
- What exactly happened?
- Consider are you happy to make a statement or would you be content with having the other driver spoken to?
Do you know someone who habitually drink drives and is a danger to themselves and other innocent road users? Report them in confidence to “Crimestoppers”or on 101.
Have you road safety concerns that affect your neighbourhood or school? If so, please contact your local policing team who can arrange to visit the area to ascertain what enforcement options are available. They may also seek advice from our Traffic Management or the Road Education Officers who may be able to assist. If the issue involves parking enforcement, then you should contact the Parking Attendants within DRD for assistance.
Have you been involved in a Road Traffic Collision? Visit our “Know what to do Section” for advice and the police response you can expect.
The police work with our partners in DoE Road Safety and DRD TransportNI as well as many other statutory and voluntary groups who have an interest in Road Safety issues.
Do you know someone who habitually drink drives and is a danger to themselves and other innocent road users? Report them in confidence to CrimeStoppers, 101, or by clicking below