PSNI stop driver at ’86mph day after passing test’

Police have issued a warning about speeding and dangerous weather conditions.

It comes after a driver who passed their test on the Friday, was allegedly driving 86mph with four passengers in the car. In a statement issued on NI Road Policing and Safety on December 10, officers say it was 0°C at the time, on the A1 Banbridge.

Alongside a photo of a speedometer reading 86mph, a spokesperson said: “Three reasons why travelling at 86mph is not acceptable. It was 26mph in excess of the speed limit for the road.

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“At the time it was 0°C. The driver only passed their test yesterday and had four passengers in the car.

“Officers from Omagh Roads Policing Unit made this detection last night. The drivers inexperience, weather conditions and high speed could have led to disastrous consequences.

“The driver will now have to explain their actions in front of a judge in court.”

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog and ice from 5pm on December 12 to 10am on December 13.

It comes as temperatures drop to as low as -6 in some parts of the region. The Met Office said: “Freezing fog is expected to become more extensive overnight and could produce significantly reduced visibility to 50-100 metres at times. This may also lead to some patchy ice forming on untreated surfaces.

“Although fog may be less widespread in Antrim and Down, a few showers are likely to move inland overnight leading to some icy stretches, particularly on untreated surfaces. Fog is expected to clear through Tuesday morning.”


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