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Durkan urges drivers to take care on roads.

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has issued a reminder to all road users to take care on the roads in light of recent tragedies.

Mr Durkan said: “My thoughts are with all of the families and the communities who have lost loved ones or who have loved ones suffering serious injuries. I know that the pain of such a loss is deeply felt for a long time.

“These deaths serve as a reminder of the danger we all face when we use the road, it is the most dangerous thing most of us do every day. We take it for granted, but we cannot afford to do so.

“I am very concerned about every single death or serious injury on our roads. I remain committed to doing all that I can to prevent the pointless tragedies on our roads. I have personally made road safety a priority and I will continue to work with my Executive colleagues, the PSNI, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service and others to improve road safety.

“We all need to be extra vigilant. As we see far too often, normality can turn to tragedy in an instant. This reminds us that we must never, ever drop our guard.

“Together, it is our actions as road users that make a difference. It is each of us who can save lives, it is each of us who can protect ourselves and others from death and serious injury as we share the road.”

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