PSNI gets tough on dangerous driving

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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The PSNI has vowed to get tough on motorists who disobey the rules of the road in a renewed effort to improve safety and reduce deaths.

This year there have been 43 deaths on roads across the region. That compares to 56 deaths in total in 2013.

The police are stepping up efforts to improve safety and prevent further tragedy on the roads.

They have warned drivers to obey the rules of the road, or they will be caught and punished.

Head of road policing, Superintendent Gerry Murray told UTV: "If you are driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding or using a mobile phone, my officers will observe you, they will catch you and they will prosecute you."

The senior police officer outlined how two motorists were caught in the past week in the Co Down area doing speeds of over 120mph.

One of those vehicles had three young children in it, he said.

"That is simply idiotic and thankfully those people can look forward to a day in court," Supintendent Murray added.

"Roads are a shared space for motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists and they all need to be aware of each other and take action that will not cause an accident.

"There are a small hardcore element of people who do not abide by the rules of the road.

"We have had 43 fatailities on the roads already this year, that's 43 tragedies that have met the doors of loved ones.

"That is a number we cannot tolerate."

© UTV News
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25 Comments
seanie in dungannon wrote (91 days ago):
pity they dont tackle hate crimes domestic abuse and drug dealers as intensively as bad driving
JacK in NI wrote (92 days ago):
58mph in a 30mph limit and only 3 points and a £60 fine???? That should be a court matter not dealt with by a fixed penalty notice at the road side! As good as it is to see crack downs on poor driving, I would rather see more resources given to it all year round.
Moira in Moira wrote (92 days ago):
To concerned citizen in belfast, if you calculate the thousands of miles driven by the police every day with the level of traffic collissions that they are involved in i believe this is very low. I dont know where you are getting your information from re the amount of accidents involving the police but i suggest you check your source.
Harry in Down wrote (92 days ago):
What annoys me the most is people who make sudden turns without using their indicators.
Gareth in Belfast wrote (92 days ago):
Well the psni need to be told a lesson as well ,,, i seen a officer in a insignia car on the 11th of july in a street in north belfast pulling out and he had his fone up to his ear ????????? Explain that psni ,,, o thats rite can yous do watever yous want !!!!!!!!!!
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