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More than 100 motorists caught speeding over 100mph

The figures were released by the road safety charity Brake. Credit: UTV

The PSNI caught more than 100 motorists speeding at over 100mph last year.

The figures, which were released by road safety charity Brake, show 109 drivers were caught in 2018, compared to 86 doing 100mph or more in 2017.

A man aged 35 was caught driving at 140mph on the M2 motorway in Belfast, while a 24-year-old man was found to be speeding at 132mph on the same road.

The motorway speed limit is 70mph.

Other speeding drivers were caught on the Frosses Road in Ballymena, the M2 in Antrim and the M1 in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

The five drivers detected doing the highest speeds were all men.

Brake director of campaigns 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.

"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.

"Anyone caught travelling at such speed should always face a ban - we have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads."

He said the Government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide officers with the resources they need to get out on to the roads and act as a deterrent to dangerous driving.

"The law must also be used to its fullest extent in penalising such dangerous behaviour, making it clear that speeding will not be tolerated," he added.