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Police warn drivers after teen is caught doing 96mph on M2

Police tweet picture of speed gun reading on M2 motorway

By David Young

Published 14/05/2015

The PSNI speed camera which recorded the teen’s speed
The PSNI speed camera which recorded the teen’s speed

A 15-year-old boy has been caught driving at 96mph on the M2.

The teenager was recorded yesterday by the PSNI’s Road Policing Unit who later tweeted an image of the speed gun reading, adding: “This speed was recorded on the M2 today by road policing officers. Driver was just 15 years of age.”

MLA Trevor Clarke, whose constituency takes in a large part of the M2, said: “There are very serious questions to be asked about how someone of this age came into possession of a car.”

"A car is as deadly as a loaded gun, especially at 96 miles per hour. I want to commend the PSNI for stopping this young man before he injured himself or anyone else.

"Doing that kind of speed on a motorway is an accident waiting to happen. The last thing any of us want to see is another fatality."

The M2 also runs though Newtownabbey and Antrim Borough Council area. Local councillor Paul Hamill said that the first question in his mind was "what on Earth was this boy doing driving a car in the first place?

"I would be very concerned as to how this teenager ever gained control of a car. With all the road safety messages being put out in the run-up to the North West 200, it's very disappointing that a young man should do this. Will they never learn?"

It is illegal for a 15-year-old to drive, even as a learner.

Normally, the earliest date a provisional licence can become valid is when the holder turns 17. But learner drivers are not permitted on motorways.

Meanwhile, officers patrolling the roads near to the North West 200 detected a motorcycle travelling at 103mph. It came despite a warning from the PSNI that it would be stepping up patrols for the motorbike race, which is expected to attract 100,000 people.

Inspector John Millar said: "Sadly, a number of people have lost their lives while travelling to or from this sporting spectacular. That is why road safety has got to be everyone's number one priority.

"Most of all, do not try to emulate any of the riders taking part in the North West 200 as it is simply not sensible or safe to do so. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement that the races bring, but all too often this can result in a serious traffic collision.

"I would also remind other motorists that there is likely to be a considerable increase in the general level of traffic, and particularly the number of motorcycles, during race week.

"Drivers, therefore, need to be more alert to the presence of bikes, particularly when emerging from junctions.

"Motorcyclists have a huge role to play when it comes to road safety. Use dipped headlights, day and night. Ride responsibly and don't take foolish chances."

Twenty-three people have already died on Northern Ireland's roads this year, including a 17-year-old who was killed on April 29 when a stolen van he was driving crashed on the M1.

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