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Irresponsible behaviour on rural roads – Michelle Knight-McQuillan

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A Councillor is calling on people to take care disposing of latex gloves after seeing some discarded throughout roads within the Causeway Coast & Glens.

Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan said “I am urging people to please act responsibly. Just because we are in lockdown does not mean that normal laws do not apply. It is still an offence to litter, it is still an offence to speed and it is still an offence to drive without due care and attention.

“I am appealing to the public, after witnessing myself and being contacted by many constituents over the past week reporting several irresponsible incidents from speeding cars travelling through the rural roads to avoid detection whilst out on non essential journeys, not giving room to walkers taking their daily exercise on their own roads where no footpaths are available and I have been informed of a child travelling in the back of an open trailer holding on to a lawnmower.

The police are spreading themselves thin trying to cover the whole area but obviously their attention is concentrated on the North Coast over the Easter weekend. But this does not mean all our rural roads are a free for all and exempt from law and order.

“There have been multiple reports of littering and in particular disposable gloves being discarded from cars. With council efforts focused on managing the Covid-19 crisis litter picking is currently not a priority operation.

It is not acceptable that members of the public who live on these rural roads have to take their daily exercise dodging fast vehicles and stepping over other people’s rubbish.

These gloves could be contaminated and therefore putting others at risk having to lift them. There is so much good work going on in the community, and I want to thank everyone who have stepped up to the challenge, but we cannot be putting people at risk doing litter collections with what could potentially be contaminated rubbish. It is not acceptable, it is irresponsible and should not be tolerated. Would you drop your rubbish in your own back yard? Covid-19 is not an excuse to act irresponsibly.

I am appealing to you please take your rubbish home and abide by the law. We are all in this together so please stay safe and help others to stay safe.”

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