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Police vow to get tough on speeders, drink-drivers and drivers on mobile phones

Published 25/07/2014

Police today vowed to get tough with speeders, drink-drivers and people who use their mobile phone illegally behind the wheel.

Unmarked cars and motorcycles will patrol roads across Northern Ireland checking for inappropriate behaviour, the PSNI warned.

The new blitz on bad drivers comes as the death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads hit 43 so far this year - nine more than in the same period last year.

Launching today's new wave of summer safety operations, Superintendent Gerry Murray, the PSNI's head of road policing, said: “Over the coming months, we will have additional police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland.

“Police will make no excuse for robustly enforcing the law to make Northern Ireland's roads safer and that's exactly what we will be doing in the months ahead.”

He added: “Last weekend we detected two people travelling at over 100mph. One was doing 120 with three children in the back. To be blunt, the people detected at those speeds are simply idiotic.

“Thankfully, they can look forward to a day in court, where they are likely to receive a fine and lose their licence.”

Supt Murray added: “Our role is very much secondary – all road users must share the responsibility to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads.

“All we ask is that drivers slow down, do not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wear a seatbelt, drive with greater car and attention and don't use mobile phones while driving.”

Supt Murray also warned drivers to think twice before eating or drinking liquids when driving, saying if they were doing so in a way that mean they did not have full control of the vehicle they could be committing an offence.

At a press conference in Sprucefield, the police displayed their motoring enforcement equipment - including unmarked cars, motorcycles and the 'hairdryer' mobile speed trap. Police today vowed to get tough with speeders, drink-drivers and people who use their mobile phone illegally behind the wheel.

Unmarked cars and motorcycles will patrol roads across Northern Ireland checking for inappropriate behaviour, the PSNI warned.

The new blitz on bad drivers comes as the death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads hit 43 so far this year - nine more than in the same period last year.

Launching today's new wave of summer safety operations, Superintendent Gerry Murray, the PSNI's head of road policing, said: “Over the coming months, we will have additional police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland.

“Police will make no excuse for robustly enforcing the law to make Northern Ireland's roads safer and that's exactly what we will be doing in the months ahead.”

He added: “Last weekend we detected two people travelling at over 100mph. One was doing 120 with three children in the back. To be blunt, the people detected at those speeds are simply idiotic.

“Thankfully, they can look forward to a day in court, where they are likely to receive a fine and lose their licence.”

Supt Murray added: “Our role is very much secondary – all road users must share the responsibility to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads.

“All we ask is that drivers slow down, do not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wear a seatbelt, drive with greater car and attention and don't use mobile phones while driving.”

Supt Murray also warned drivers to think twice before eating or drinking liquids when driving, saying if they were doing so in a way that mean they did not have full control of the vehicle they could be committing an offence.

At a press conference in Sprucefield, the police displayed their motoring enforcement equipment - including unmarked cars, motorcycles and the 'hairdryer' mobile speed trap.

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