Mobile phones: PSNI crackdown on motorists

"A driver who had three children in the car was going in excess of 120mph"

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Police in Northern Ireland have begun a new crackdown on motorists using mobile phones while driving.

Police are also warning people not to speed, or drink and drive. In the past week, two drivers have been detected at speeds of more than 110 mph.

Road policing head Gerry Murray said: "The people detected travelling at these speeds are simply idiotic.

"Thankfully, they can look forward to a day in court, where they are likely to receive a fine and lose their licence."

Police have said they are now using "additional resources" to tackle dangerous driving, including people using mobile phones at the wheel.

So far this year, 43 people have died on Northern Ireland's roads - nine more than in the same period last year.

Driver on mobile phone Police are now using "additional resources" to tackle dangerous driving, including people using mobile phones at the wheel

Supt Murray said: "When you consider that many, if not the majority, of these deaths caused by collisions could have been avoided, it's an appalling waste of life.

"Inattention and speed, or more accurately, excessive speed for the conditions and drink or drug driving, are consistently the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured on roads across Northern Ireland.

"Over the coming months, we will have additional police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland."

With many children on school holidays, road users are being asked to keep an eye out for increased numbers of young people crossing roads, particularly close to parks and leisure facilities.

"All we ask is that drivers slow down, do not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wear a seatbelt, drive with greater care and attention and don't use mobile phones while driving," he said.

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