Safe and Sustainable Travel Division

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Safe and Sustainable Travel Division aims to promote improved road safety and deliver better regulation of the transport sector. The Division is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy. In addition, the Division has a role in promoting the use of alternative and sustainable modes of transport such as: walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.

Strategy

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and its road safety partners are committed to ‘making a journey on Northern Ireland’s roads as safe for all road users as anywhere in the world’.

A strategy has been produced detailing proposed actions to further improve road safety in Northern Ireland over the next ten years. It describes the origin of the vision above, identifies targets and how to measure progress and sets out actions to further reduce road deaths and serious injuries up to 2020. 

Research

Since the development of the Strategy  a number of research projects have been completed exploring issues affecting children, cyclists, motorcyclists, and older road user groups, observing seatbelt wearing behaviour, and reviewing the Road Safety Education Service.

An annual programme of research and statistical investigations into road safety problems in Northern Ireland will continue to be developed and implemented in partnership with road safety partner organisations. Any recommendations made will be considered and proposals for new ways to address road safety problems in NI will be incorporated into the Strategy.

Road safety campaigns

All road safety campaigns and information leaflets can be viewed on the nidirect website. 

All DfI campaigns are based on detailed research and are designed to target those road users most at risk of being involved in a road collision. Research shows the main causes of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland's roads to be:

  • speeding 
  • drink driving 
  • carelessness/inattention 
  • failure to wear a seatbelt 

Only a very small percentage of road collisions can be attributed to reasons other than attitude and behaviour. It is for this reason the road safety campaigns concentrate on changing these behaviours.

Research has consistently demonstrated that the vast majority of people believe that the ‘tell it as it is’ nature of DfI’s campaigns is essential to combating the carnage on Northern Ireland's roads. The Department recognises the continuing challenges of reducing casualties on the roads.

DfI believes that reducing further all deaths and serious injuries, with the ultimate ambition of 'Vision Zero’, where any death is unacceptable, is an important and achievable objective. As road users, we all share the road, so we should all share the responsibility, as emphasised in DfI’s overarching campaign 'Share the Road to Zero'.

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Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Infrastructure including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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