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PSNI 'horrified' at driver using hard shoulder to undertake on busy airport road

By Jonathan Bell

The PSNI has said it is "horrified" at footage of a driver using the hard shoulder to undertake a lorry.

The incident on a busy road on the outskirts of Belfast was posted on the Facebook page 'Idiot Drivers Northern Ireland'.

The car, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, can be seen behind the lorry weaving in and out on the inside before eventually pulling onto the hard shoulder and undertaking the lorry.

Since being posted it has been viewed almost 100,000 times.

The PSNI's Sergeant McKendry said: "We have seen the footage on Facebook and are horrified by the driver’s actions. We are appealing for anyone who was driving in the area and saw this car to get in touch using the telephone number 101.  Information can also be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"Driving on public roads brings with it certain responsibilities for drivers and passengers; for their families and friends and to the community as a whole. These responsibilities should not be taken lightly.

"It is important to point out that drivers should expect to receive a fine or worse, prosecution through the courts, should they be detected engaging in careless or dangerous driving, or modifying their vehicle illegally.

"Our message is bad driving standards will not be tolerated. They need to realise if they are taken to court, their licences may be at risk and the loss of a licence could impact on their entire futures.

"We want these drivers to realise the dangers they are causing to themselves and other road users. The last thing police want is to be knocking on doors of relatives following a fatal crash caused by someone showing off in a car."

The footage was captured by the driver of a car behind the vehicle over the weekend on the main Moira to Nutts Corner road.

An administrator for the Idiot Drivers Northern Ireland page described the manoeuvre as "crazy".

"Had there been anyone on the inside they would have been killed. This is just nothing but impatience and the driver needs to slow down and think about what they are doing."

"With winter the roads are getting worse, visibility is poor and surfaces are slippy. You can not get away with the likes of this."

He added: "That is a busy road lots of people use it to avoid the city and then there is the airport traffic. You'll not be long on it before you hit something slow moving and you just have to wait it out."

"People just need to slow down and take their time."

In June a teenager was banned from driving after she used the hard shoulder on the opposite side of the carriageway to overtake traffic near the crest of a hill on a road between Coleraine and Limavady.

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