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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2005, 08:14 GMT
Crackdown on speeding motorists
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The police are determined to crack down on poor driving
More than 650 motorists have been caught speeding in Northern Ireland since November, the police have said.

In a series of campaigns in the past three months, almost 270 people were caught driving without a seatbelt and 180 were driving carelessly.

Twenty-five drivers are to be prosecuted in relation to dangerous driving offences.

The detections were made in the Greater Belfast area on several weekends from 5 November until mid January.

Biggest killer

Chief Inspector Mark Purdon, Head of Urban Region Roads Policing Unit, said police were committed to tackling the issue of road safety.

He said: "In November we advised the public, through a publicised launch, that we were increasing our road policing patrols to redouble our efforts to make Northern Ireland's roads safer.

"Since then we have continued to reiterate our road safety messages. We make no apology for this.

"Speed remains one of the biggest killers on our roads and we will continue to enforce the law in an effort to save lives."

He said speed accounted for a quarter of all road deaths and was a major cause of serious injury.

"Already this year 12 people have lost their lives on our roads. I sincerely hope that no further lives will be lost."

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