Recent speeding figures released by road safety charity Brake, reveal that 109 drivers were detected by the PSNI of driving in excess of 100mph in Northern Ireland last year, compared to 86 in 2017.
One 35-year-old man was clocked driving at 140mph on the M2 in Belfast, while a 24-year-old man was found to be speeding at 132mph on the same road, which has a speed limit of 70mph.
Speeding drivers were also detected on the Frosses Road in Ballymena, the M2 in Antrim and the M1 in Dungannon. All five of the highest drivers were men.
Director of Campaigns for Brake, Joshua Harris said there is “absolutely no justification for any driver to be travelling at such excessive speeds – more than twice the national speed limit in some cases – putting themselves and others in grave danger”, and that the number of drivers caught speeding at over 100mph “highlights some deeply concerning issues with speeding across the country and makes clear the need for action”.
Drivers caught speeding at over 100mph in the UK are referred to Court, where magistrates have the discretion to issue a driving ban or six penalty points on a driver’s licence. The maximum fine for serious speeding offences is £1,000, rising to £2,500 if caught on a motorway.
Things aren’t much different south of the border either, with 136,059 fixed charge notices for speeding being issued by An Garda Síochána in 2018. That same period also saw 146 people lose their lives on Irish roads.