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Driver clocked speeding at 125mph on Northern Ireland motorway

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/12/2015

A top police officer has urged drivers to stop the speeding
A top police officer has urged drivers to stop the speeding "madness" after a motorist was caught doing 125mph on the M1

A top police officer has urged drivers to stop the speeding "madness" after a motorist was caught doing 125mph on the M1.

Superintendent Sean Wright, the PSNI District Commander for Lisburn and Castlereagh City, said: "I am astonished by the disregard some motorists continue to demonstrate. Some people simply refuse to listen to advice."

The officer revealed that the highest illegal speed reached by a motorist in his district in the last financial year was 125mph.

"The driver of a saloon car was stopped on the M1 in Lisburn after recording this frankly ridiculous speed," Supt Wright said.

"This driver showed absolutely no regard to his own safety, or the safety of other road users. When he was brought to court, he was banned for six months and fined hundreds of pounds."

The next highest recorded speed in Lisburn and Castlereagh was 115mph on the M1 at Moira. Police also detected 107mph on the A1 at Dromore.

Motorcyclists were caught too - one on a 600cc sportsbike was detected at 103mph.

Last month, it was revealed a driver had been caught doing 138mph on the M1 near Lurgan.

"I'm sure you will agree this is madness," Supt Wright said. "Can you imagine a tyre blowing out at that speed? The results of a recent study suggest that the financial cost of a person dying due to a collision is estimated at well over £1m, including ambulance costs, other medical costs including wages and fees, and loss of earnings to victims' families calculated over a number of years.

"However, I would ask speeding motorists, 'What do you think the cost of a human life is? Can you put a price on what one member of a family is worth to their mother, father, siblings, and friends?' All motorists be warned. Police officers are patrolling and as we have shown, if you use excess speed, you will be caught."

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