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Speeding in Northern Ireland: Everything you need to know

By 19th March 2024 News, Road Safety
Speeding In northern ireland

Northern Ireland motorists caught speeding face a range of consequences including fines and penalty points.

Today, we’re looking at some commonly asked questions about speeding in Northern Ireland.

How is excessive speed detected in Northern Ireland?

According to the police statistics, there are 90 permanently signed locations in Northern Ireland where eight safety camera vehicles operate.

Also, there is one average speed enforcement camera system (SPECS) and four fixed safety cameras, and six fixed red light running cameras.

How many Northern Ireland motorists were detected speeding last year?

In the 12 months from 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023, there were 40,931 motoring offences detected by police. 6,289 of these detections we for speed offences.

What days of the week are most common for NI motorists to be caught speeding?

Weekend drivers seem to be caught speeding more often.

Out of 6,289 detections for speeding offences last year, the weekend is when most Northern Ireland motorists were caught speeding.

1 in 3 of all speeding detections took place on Saturdays and Sundays.

What was the highest speeding motorist caught driving at last year?

The highest speed recorded by PSNI officers in the latest 12 months was 144mph, on the M2, Belfast.

Are men or women more likely to get caught speeding?

Statistically, men are most likely to get caught speeding. “In 2023 men made up nearly three quarters (72%) of all people detected speeding.

What are the age groups more likely to get caught speeding?

According to police, almost 40% of speeding last year was from drivers in the 30-49 age group.

Drivers in the 18-29 year age bracket accounted for 39% of speeding detections.

What are the consequences for Northern Ireland motorists if they’re caught speeding?

Northern Ireland motorists face a range of consequences if they are detected speeding.

Consequences of speeding can result in fines, points on your driving licence, the loss of your driving licence and if your speeding causes a serious collision, you could face prosecution and jail.

The simple message for Northern Ireland motorists is never to speed and always obey speed limits in every area you drive through.

Remember, speeding puts you and other motorists and pedestrians in harm’s way so always err on the side of caution and slow down.


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