Local speeding ‘hotspots’ revealed

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Local speeding ‘hotspots’ revealed thumbnailUsing a mobile phone when driving is against the law, and police are clamping down on the practice. GB3826D p5

BALLYMENA police are targeting a number of local speeding 'hotspots' in an effort to help cut carnage on the roads.
Last week the Guardian was invited to observe local police officers participating in a road safety awareness operation across the PSNI's North region.
Enforcing seatbelt and catching motorists on their mobile telephones while driving were among issues highlighted.
But excessive speeding in 30mph zones was a top priority.
And police were happy to publicly identify areas which are being closely monitored.
They are focusing speed checks in all 30mph residential areas such as Dans Road, Frys Road, the Old Cullybackey Road, Cushendall Road and Queen Street.
And they also hope to have a presence at schools in the area to encourage drivers to keep speeds down at busy times.
One officer said: "For police it's not all about giving a ticket. It's about drawing attention to what the motorist is doing and how their actions can seriously impact others.
“Getting a speeding ticket is at the lower end of the spectrum; however this might stop a driver killing or injuring another road user."
We witnessed police carrying out speed checks on the Carniny Road where the laser speed detector was used and demonstrated.
*Full story and pictures in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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