The body responsible for helping to make communities safer in Mid Ulster has been driving home the dangers of anti-social driving among young people.
The Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) attended the NI Cruise Car Show in Moneymore (22 August), alongside the police and fire and rescue service, to meet young drivers, discuss safety issues and demonstrate the aftermath of a car crash with a simulated accident scene.
Addressing the noise and anti-social behaviour from young ‘cruisers’ - drivers who often have modified vehicles and who drive in groups as a social activity - has been identified as a priority in consultation with the public, while the drivers themselves feel they are unfairly penalised for having modified cars.
Chair of the PCSP, Councillor Phelim Gildernew, said:
“Often the young people themselves are unaware of the negative impact of their behaviour, with the majority cruising to socialise and show off their cars. Raising awareness of how their activity can cause concern and engaging with young drivers has had positive results in recent years in the Magherafelt area and brought a corresponding drop in complaints. This is an approach which the Partnership will be promoting across Mid Ulster and the Cruise Car Show was an ideal opportunity for us to meet and talk to young drivers”.
The PCSP works to help make communities safer and ensure that the voices of local people are heard on policing and community safety issues. To find out more about the work of the Mid Ulster PCSP, contact Michael McCrory, PCSP Manager, Tel: 03000 132 132, E: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.