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Local roads feature in speeding hotspots list

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

THREE roads in the Newry district have been listed as hotspots for speeding tickets.

The statistics released in the Road Safety Partnership annual report show that speed camera sites picked up a total of 43,568 offenders in 2016

Placed third on the list, a total of 1,123 drivers were caught exceeding the limit on the Dublin Road in Newry.

The Newry to Belleek Road came in fifth overall with 1,056 detections.

Just shy of 600 people, meanwhile, were caught on the Newry Road in Warrenpoint.

The A1, which runs from Belfast to Newry was top of the list with 2,085.

The figures also show that the highest speed recorded was 109mph on the A1.

Inspector Rosie Leech of the PSNI's Roads Policing Unit said, "Sadly, there are families, groups of friends, work colleagues and communities across Northern Ireland who are coming to terms with the loss of loved ones who were killed in road traffic collisions.

"The stark reality is that inappropriate speed for the conditions is consistently one of the main causes of the most serious collisions on roads here which kill and seriously injure people, so it is disappointing that despite a drop in safety camera deployments, so many people are still being detected taking unnecessary and dangerous risks, whether speeding or running red traffic lights."

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