19/07/2019

109 NI Drivers Clocked At 100mph Last Year

The PSNI detected more than 100 motorists speeding at over 100mph last year.

The speeding figures, released by road safety charity Brake, show that 109 drivers were clocked driving in excess of 100mph, compared to 86 in 2017.

One man aged 35 was recorded driving at 140mph on the M2 in Belfast, while a 24-year-old man was found to be speeding at 132mph on the same road, which has a speed limit of 70mph.

Speeding drivers were also detected on the Frosses Road in Ballymena, the M2 in Antrim and the M1 in Dungannon. All five of the highest drivers were men.
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Director of Campaigns for Brake, Joshua Harris condemned the motorists when revealing the UK-wide figures. He said: "There is absolutely no justification for any driver to be travelling at such excessive speeds – more than twice the national speed limit in some cases – putting themselves and others in grave danger. The number of drivers caught speeding at over 100mph highlights some deeply concerning issues with speeding across the country and makes clear the need for action. Anyone caught travelling at such speed should always face a ban – we have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads.

"The Government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide the police with the resources they need to get out on the roads and act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving. The law must also be used to its fullest extent in penalising such dangerous behaviour, making it clear that speeding will not be tolerated."



(JG/CM)






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