As part of the ongoing Covid-19 threat the PSNI in Newry, Mourne and Down are working with Translink to urge everyone to continue to follow the health advice ie stay at home to prevent the spread of infection this Bank Holiday weekend.

The PSNI and Translink are working together to encourage people to stay at home over Easter.
The PSNI and Translink are working together to encourage people to stay at home over Easter.

Commenting on road safety concerns PSNI District CommanderSupt. Jane Humphries said “Despite there now being less people on our roads, inappropriate speed for the conditions remains one of the main causes of the most serious collisions in which people are killed and seriously injured.  Our health service colleagues have a big enough challenge on their hands. The last thing they need is to deal with the aftermath of a serious collision. Please take personal responsibility for road safety, now more than ever. While there is less traffic on many roads, we are seeing greater numbers of pedestrians from children through to older people and more cyclists using our road network across all times of the day – so it is critically important that we all look out for each other. The only way you can prevent an accident is to not take that journey in the first place if you don’t need to.

“We are working in partnership with our colleagues in the NI Executive Office, the Department of Health and agencies across the public sector, to jointly fight the spread of the virus. We cannot do this unless the public adhere to the new measures, therefore I am calling on everyone in Northern Ireland to work with us, use your common sense and only leave your house if absolutely necessary.”

Translink is also reminding everyone to stay at home this Easter and only travel by bus or train if they are making essential journeys.

Translink’s Director of Service Operations Ian Campbell said: “These are unprecedented times, the message is simple, only travel if absolutely essential. If you must travel, we would remind everyone to maintain social distancing with other passengers and staff within stations, at bus stops and on-board services, wash hands before they travel and use cashless payment options or have the correct change as change cannot be given on board. Please stay at home and help save lives”.

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