Road Safety

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Belfast Harbour Police is committeed to the safe use of roads.  As such we carry out regular speed checks, engage with local businesses to offer advice on road safety and participate in Road Safety Week.

The Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

Principal Road Safety Provisions

Article 38 

If a pedestrian through his own negligence on a road endangers his own safety, or that of any other person, he is guilty of an offence.

This provision is set out to ensure the safety of all who use the road and failure to do so could result in prosecution.

Pedestrian crossings are provided for your safety when using the roads to and from school, college, work, or home

Be a safe pedestrian

• The simple steps we can all take as pedestrians to reduce our risk while out walking are detailed below.

Pay attention to your surroundings

• A lot of road safety is just plain common sense but sometimes we have other things on our minds and common sense takes a back seat! When out near roads you have to keep your wits about you and not become distracted.
• Many people use mobile devices when they are walking and these can seriously distract your attention from the road.  Even just looking at other people can distract your attention from the road.
• Although you can’t be responsible for the way people drive, you can take a number of steps to make yourself safer as a pedestrian.

Use the crossings

• Safer places to cross include pedestrian crossings, traffic islands, footbridges, subways and traffic lights.
• When using any type of crossing you should always check that the traffic has stopped before you start to cross.
• Always cross between the studs when green man light appears.
• Do not cross at the side of the crossing or on the zigzag lines, as it can be dangerous.
• You must not loiter on zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossings.