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Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin deeply concerned by reckless driving in the Ballyholme and Groomsport area

Friday 18th January 2013

We are more than aware of the dangers on our roads, last year there were 48 deaths on Northern Irelands roads. Fatal accidents are heart breaking when they occur but there is never any excuse when those accidents are due to a complete disregard for the law. Recently it was brought to my attention that ‘boy racers’ are using the Groomsport Road roundabout for ‘drifting’ – this is when a car is driving round a bend with the back of the car at 45 degrees to the roundabout itself, effectively with the back end trailing the car.

We are more than aware of the dangers on our roads, last year there were 48 deaths on Northern Irelands roads. Fatal accidents are heart breaking when they occur but there is never any excuse when those accidents are due to a complete disregard for the law. Recently it was brought to my attention that ‘boy racers’ are using the Groomsport Road roundabout for ‘drifting’ – this is when a car is driving round a bend with the back of the car at 45 degrees to the roundabout itself, effectively with the back end trailing the car. 

I went down to the roundabout and actually witnessed a car travelling round the junction in this manner last week. When the cars [and there were 3] witnessed me watching them they all drove off down the dual carriageway. Later that night they returned and from my window I could see [from their tail lights] they were then racing along the Bangor Road [the sea road] towards Groomsport at speeds that certainly exceeded 70 miles an hour. This behaviour is in complete disregard for any other road users or themselves. They are gambling not only with their own life but with the lives of other innocent pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Put quite simply they are unlikely to stop until someone is killed or they are caught and disqualified from driving. 

I have contacted senior officers at Bangor PSNI and I am delighted by their response. Not only will they monitor the situation but they have assured me that anyone who witnesses such behaviour should contact the Police and they will respond immediately. We need to catch these people before there is death or serious injury. I would therefore encourage all the residents of Ballyholme and Groomsport to report any instances of dangerous driving in their area to the police so we can put a stop to this before there is loss of life.

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