Derry’s top speeding hotspots revealed

Traffic on the Crescent Link dual carriageway.  (0805JB83)
Traffic on the Crescent Link dual carriageway. (0805JB83)

Two of Northern Ireland’s worst speeding hotspots are in Derry’s Waterside, new figures reveal.

Almost seventy per cent of motorists caught speeding by PSNI cameras in Derry in 2010/2011 were detected at Dungiven Road and Crescent Link.

Figures show the PSNI caught 3,493 motorists on the Dungiven Road (7 per cent of the total number of detections in Northern Ireland) and 2,142 motorists at Crescent Link (4.5 per cent of NI detections.)

Together, the two busy Waterside thoroughfares accounted for 11.9 per cent of all detections across the North.

To make matters worse, with 2,241 detections at Culmore Road, these three Derry roads account for 16.7 per cent of the total number of speed camera detections in Northern Ireland in 2010/11.

The figures also reveal a marked increase in the number of speeding detections at Dungiven Road - jumping from just 178 between December 2009 and May 2010 to 3,493 between April 2010 and March 2011.

In the same period, the number of detections at Crescent Link rocketed from 530 to 2,142.

Councillor Thomas Conway, chairman of Derry’s District Policing Partnership (DPP), has voiced concern at the statistics.

“The issue with speed is simple,” he said. “Resources are finite and they should be targeted at areas where statistically there are accidents.”

Mr Conway added that the PSNI had assured the local DPP that road traffic accident statistics backed up the targeted deployment of cameras at Culmore Road, Crescent Link and Dungiven Road.

New figures confirm that, of 291 injuries recorded following road accidents in Foyle in 2010/11, the worst black spots were Buncrana Road (15), Clooney Road (15), Glenshane Road (15), Northland Road (14), Racecourse Road (12), Strand Road (10), Culmore Road and Roundabout (8), Victoria Road (7) and Temple Road (7).

There were just two injuries recorded at accidents on Dungiven Road and four at Crescent Link.