Police have vowed to get tough on irresponsible drivers as a new year dawns, following reports of speeding and excessive revving in built-up areas across the district.
Alerting online users to the issue via social media in recent days, police in Omagh said they were currently dealing with reports of irresponsible driving - namely speeding vehicles and cars needlessly revving their engines in built-up areas – despite several warnings and appeals being previously issued.
With warnings ignored, police claim they are now actively seeking to identify, and possibly prosecute, those involved, representing an increased effort to crackdown on nuisance driving.
According to a PSNI spokesperson said: “Apart from causing annoyance, this also constitutes an offence and could lead to you having your vehicle seized. Several warnings and appeals have already been issued, we are actively looking to identify those involved with a view to prosecution.”
Speaking on the issue, PSNI Constable Barton urged drivers to “think seriously about the consequences of their actions.”
"I am aware of the negative impact this type of activity can have on residents and other road users and we will be monitoring the area closely,” he said. “Those involved in this type of activity need to sit back and think seriously about the consequences of their actions.
“It is important to point out that drivers should expect to receive a fine or a prosecution through the courts should they be detected engaging in careless or dangerous driving. Driving on the public roads brings with it certain responsibilities. These responsibilities should not be taken lightly.
“If they injure or kill another person not only will they face living with that guilt for the rest of their lives they could face imprisonment.”
District councillor and chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Police and Community Safety Partnership, Allan Rainey, feels drivers needlessly revving their engines and speeding in built-up areas is a “real nuisance”.
“I have first-hand experience of this myself, and noisy exhausts can cause a real nuisance in built-up areas,” he said. “It has to be curtailed, unless there’s an open public event where this kind of thing is acceptable, such as popular controlled ‘drifting’ events and car shows.
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