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109 motorists caught speeding at more than 100mph last year

A man aged 35 was detected driving at 140mph on the M2 motorway in Belfast – double the speed limit.

More than 100 motorists from Northern Ireland were caught exceeding 100mph last year, a road safety charity said (Niall Carson/PA).
More than 100 motorists from Northern Ireland were caught exceeding 100mph last year, a road safety charity said (Niall Carson/PA).

More than 100 motorists from Northern Ireland were caught speeding at over 100mph last year.

PSNI figures released by road safety charity Brake show 109 drivers were caught in 2018, compared to 86 snared doing 100mph or more in 2017.

A man aged 35 was caught driving at 140mph on the M2 motorway in Belfast, while a 24-year-old man was found to be speeding at 132mph on the same road.

The motorway speed limit is 70mph.

Other speeding drivers were caught on the Frosses Road in Ballymena, the M2 in Antrim and the M1 in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

The five drivers detected doing the highest speeds were all men.

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One driver was caught doing 140mph, which is double the maximum speed permitted (PA)

Brake director of campaigns Joshua Harris 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.”

He said the Government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide officers with the resources they need to get out on to the roads and act as a 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,” he added.

PSNI Inspector Rosemary Leech said excessive speed for the conditions was consistently one of the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured.

She said: “Drivers have to take responsibility for their own actions and by speeding they are causing a danger to fellow road users.

“Every time you hear about a fatal or serious collision on the news, there is a family, a circle of friends, a community plunged into mourning. 

“There are many other people across the country who are having to learn how to cope with life-changing injuries after being involved in serious collisions.

“This is why it is critically important to remind all drivers that there are consequences to breaking the speed limit and driving in a manner that does not consider the safety of all road users.

“Police will continue to enforce the law and are determined to make Northern Ireland’s roads safer.”

In 2018, the number of speeding detections rose by 18.8% from the previous year, consequently the number of offenders who are caught travelling at higher speeds is also likely to increase, the senior officer said.

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