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Police step up road safety push aimed at young drivers

POLICE are hoping to meet with young drivers just weeks after warning that those caught participating in anti-social behaviour risk having their car seized.

Police will be urging young motorists to switch onto road safety, as well as talking to them about the impact of vehicular antisocial behaviour during a road safety event in Quay Lane, Enniskillen, on the evening of Friday, August 24th.

The PCSP car crash simulator will be there as well as colleagues from Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Roadsafe NI, Institute of Advanced Motorists and Community Safety Wardens.

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Police have promised to crack down on ‘boy and girl racers’ after a dramatic increase in reports of drivers disturbing residents and visitors with loud screeching, exhausts banging, and speeding up and down the streets long into the early hours of the morning.

Recently, signs were erected at the Quay Lane carpark warning motorists as one public notice says, “Vehicular Anti-social Behaviour in this area – Offending vehicles may be subject to seizure”.

Previously, speaking to the Herald, one resident who wished not be named said he is fed up with this anti-social behaviour which has become a regular occurrence.

“They said there was going to be a crackdown, but I was up half the night on Monday night listening to their tyres squealing around the town.

“It used to be that you’d hear them at the weekends, but now it is every night of the week,” the resident pointed out.

“It’s about time, instead of words that the police actually did something about them.”

Police in Enniskillen say that they are aware of the negative impact vehicular anti-social behaviour is having on the quality of life of residents, particularly those in the areas close to Quay Lane.

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Inspector Rory Hoy said, “Our message to the ‘boy and girl racers’, as they are called locally, is that there can be some very real consequences for them of not heeding the ample warnings they have been given.

“Please understand that losing your license is a distinct possibility, AND you could face having your car seized,” he added.

Driving brings with it certain responsibilities, both to yourself and to others. These responsibilities should not be taken lightly.”

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