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Route Alert 11 October 2004

Route Alert is a new scheme launched by the Department of Transport which alerts drivers to routes on the Island which have a higher than average casualty rate.

The first routes to be included in this scheme are Douglas to Ballasalla and Castletown to Port St Mary. Leaflets and signs along the route aim to raise awareness of drivers to specific problems. The signs carry an instruction to motorists such as "Watch Your Speed" or "Keep Your Distance" to inform them of specific problems. The signs also carry information about the number of casualties there have been over the last three years. These figures will be updated every six months to continually reinforce the message to the road user.

Simon Barker, Traffic and Safety Manager said:

"The Department carries out improvements at locations where accidents regularly occur, such as junctions or bends. On some roads however, accidents are spread along the route, rather than at specific locations. Route Alert is a new initiative to highlight these roads to the motorist."

Dawn Henley, Road Safety Manager said:

"Backing up the roadside information with leaflets again marking out the most significant hazards along with general advice will help educate motorists and improve safety along these routes."

Sergeant John Kinrade said:

"By giving road users information regarding potential hazards they may face during a particular journey it will make them more aware, they should react to this information, exercise care, pay attention and give consideration to other road users, this hopefully will result in less collisions which will reduce the number of people being injured on our roads."

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