Road runners and walkers urged to ‘Be seen and Be safe’

Enniskillen Parkrun Be Safe and Be Seen

Published: 7th February 2017

Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is urging people to ‘be seen and be safe’ when running or walking on roads in dark or poorly lit areas.

To help spread the road safety message, members of Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP handed out high visibility gear to people walking or running in the Parkrun events at Omagh Leisure Complex and the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Speaking at the Enniskillen Parkrun event, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, Councillor Keith Elliott, said the PCSP attended the Parkrun events to raise road safety awareness among runners and walkers following concerns raised about their safety on roads at a recent meeting of the PCSP’s Road Safety Working Group.

“Roads can be a dangerous place for pedestrians and runners however high visibility clothing can help to keep them safe,” said Councillor Elliott.

“This road safety initiative serves as a timely reminder for drivers to exercise extreme caution when driving in dark or poorly lit areas and for pedestrians and runners to ensure they are always highly visible to other road users,” he added.

Between 2003 – 2008, 17 per cent of road users killed or seriously injured in Northern Ireland were pedestrians (Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland ‘Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy To 2020’).

For further information on Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephoning 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate).

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