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Four roads in district among top 15 most notorious for speeding in NI

Four of Northern Ireland’s most potent roads for speeding drivers are in the Armagh and Newry districts.

And a staggering 120 drivers a day are caught speeding across the country.

In 2016, more than 43,000 drivers were caught by speed cameras or mobile speed units.

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The A1 Saintfield Road in Belfast is the most notorious but the runner-up is a little closer to home.

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.

Further down the list and the Armagh Road in Portadown makes an appearance, having clocked 550 offenders.

The Armagh to Monaghan Road squeezes onto the list of infamy in fourteenth, with 492 speeding motorists registered last year.

The hotspots are revealed in a new report that shows more than 43,000 drivers were caught going too fast in 2016.

Statistics released by the Road Safety Partnership (RSP) in its annual report this week show that speed camera sites picked up a total of 43,568 offenders.

Each offender is usually hit with a £60 fine, meaning in total the detections will have generated almost £2.6m.

The A1 Saintfield Road remains the most likely place motorists will pick up a speeding ticket after 2,085 cars were clocked over the limit last year.

Statistics released by the Road Safety Partnership (RSP) in its annual report this week show that speed camera sites picked up a total of 43,568 offenders.

The highest speed recorded was 109mph on the notorious A1, which runs from Belfast via Lisburn and Banbridge to the border with the Republic south of Newry.

Drivers under 25 accounted for only 9% of those detected.

Inspector Rosie Leech of the PSNI’s Roads Policing Unit said speed was a major factor in serious and fatal accidents.

“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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