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Seventy fixed penalties in a week during local police road safety campaign

Seventy motorists were slapped with fixed penalty notices for driving offences over a seven day period, the PSNI has revealed.

E District’s road safety team were out and about on roads across the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne areas as part of a three-week concerted campaign.

And between Monday, October 6 and Sunday, October 12, 70 motorists received fixed penalty notices for offences including excess speed, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt.

Sergeant Mickey Gilmore said: “During these seven days we covered an average of 180 miles per shift, focused on keeping people safe on the roads. Fourteen motorists received advice and warning, 70 were issued with fixed penalty notices, six people were reported to the PPS and three people were arrested.

“One of those arrested was detected driving at 106 mph on the A1. He was subsequently charged.

“While it is clear that our road safety message is not getting through to a small number of people, we have noticed that the vast majority of drivers are doing their best to drive and act safely on our roads.

“We provided a visible presence at many licensed premises throughout Saturday evening and night and we had only one alcohol related arrest, for failing to provide a specimen. We also conducted 11 preliminary breath tests which were all clear.

“The response from the public has been very encouraging during our operations and we have taken the time to speak to motorists and explain what we are doing and why.

“This week we asked the public, through our Facebook pages, to highlight roads of concern. We have visited some of these areas already but we will do our best to get round as many as possible and provide you with updates.

“I would like to thank all those motorists who are using our roads on a daily basis and driving in a responsible and safe way. I would also remind those who choose to ignore the law that we will continue to patrol and focus on our roads and apprehend those who take risks with their own and other’s safety.”

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