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Cruise and Meet event delivers safety message to young drivers

29 June 2016

More than 100 young drivers from throughout the district took part in a ‘Cruise and Meet’ event organised by Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and Cruise NI to promote and encourage safety on our roads.

During the event, which took place at Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt last week, young drivers had the opportunity to engage with Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and PCSP Members before heading off on an organised Cruise.

Chair of the PCSP Councillor Frances Burton said, “This is an exciting opportunity for the PCSP to engage with young people from the Mid Ulster area and further afield.  Our aim is to keep our district a safe place and tonight is about delivering safety messages to the young drivers in a creative way. 

“We have officers from Roads Policing along with the Mitsubishi Evolution and officers from the local policing teams. NI Fire and Rescue Service Officers carried out a demonstration of an accident and using specialist equipment cut casualties free from the vehicle. It was an enjoyable evening and hopefully the PCSP will be able to run similar events in the future”.

Vice Chair, Independent Member, Ciaran McElhone added, “I am delighted with the turnout for the event. I hope that the young drivers use this as an opportunity to have a chat with the various officers from PSNI and NIFRS on how to keep themselves safe on the road. Road Safety is a priority contained within our local policing plan and PCSP Strategy and we as a PCSP must do everything we can to keep our roads safe in the Mid Ulster District.”

Dean Steele from NI Cruise said, “I am delighted once again to work in partnership with our local PCSP to run this event with the involvement of a number of agencies.  NI Cruise have a large following and it is always good to get together. This event also gave us the opportunity to promote our next NI Cruise Car Show which will take place on Saturday 20 August at the J&K Coach Yard, Moneymore, just off the dual carriageway towards Cookstown.”

For more information contact the PCSP on pcsp@midulstercouncil.org or telephone 03000 132 132.

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