‘Total madness’ on mountain road

Limavady PSNI carrying out speed checks.

Limavady PSNI carrying out speed checks.

Police have warned of the potentially deadly consequences of speeding after two young motorists were recorded travelling at speeds in excess of 90mph on a rural Limavady Road.

The separate incidents were detected on the Limavady to Coleraine mountain road at the weekend.

105mph reading.

105mph reading.

On Sunday evening, police stated, a 20-year-old male, just six months out of R-plates, was driving at 105 MPH, overtaking another car

Half an hour later, an ‘R’ driver was recorded on the same route at 94mph - over twice the speed he should have been doing.

PSNI Limavady labelled their actions “total madness”.

They added: “Both young males, both at very high risk of killing themselves and others. Both will be reported to the PPS.”

A PCSP, NIFRS,and PSNI road show to educate people on the danger of the roads has been held in Coleraine. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

A PCSP, NIFRS,and PSNI road show to educate people on the danger of the roads has been held in Coleraine. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Police noted it was the same stretch of road on which there was a dramatic dashboard camera incident recently.

On Friday, a female attended a police station voluntarily and was interviewed in relation to it.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “We asked witnesses to contact us about footage on social media which showed a car driving on the Limavady Road on Tuesday 24 January. A file is currently being prepared for the PPS.

“We would like to thank the public for their assistance in our appeal for information.”

Meanwhile, after conducting a traffic operation in the Dungiven area on Monday evening, police urged motorists to “please adhere to the speed limit and drive to road conditions”.

The message was underlined at the weekend too when Causeway Coast Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the PSNI teamed up on a roadshow to highlight the danger of misuse of mobile phone, drink driving and excess speed. The Coleraine town centre event included a NIFRS demonstration of cutting the roof off a car and removing a casualty.