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Driver dicing with death on A4

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Driver dicing with death on A4 thumbnailA busy section of the A4 near Dungannon. Motorists are again being warned to take care after a further incident of a motorist driving the wrong way along this stretch of road.

A VIDEO showing a motorist driving the wrong way on the dual carriageway between Ballygawley and Dungannon has gone viral and prompted further warnings to pay "special attention" to road signs.

The video was posted on Facebook group Idiot Drivers Northern Ireland on Sunday, 1st January and has been viewed almost 11,000 times.

The road stretches from the end of the M1 to near the Ballygawley roundabout and in the footage a car can clearly be seen travelling in the same direction on the opposite side while oncoming traffic zooms narrowly past.

The caption for the post starts "We thought we had seen it all" and urges viewers to "check out this idiot".

"Thankfully the other driver managed to slow down and pull in," it added.

Chief Inspector Roy Robinson said: "We have had several reports in the past of motorists joining from side roads and then turning onto the wrong carriageway, and more recently we received a report that a vehicle was travelling on the westbound carriageway on the A4, in the wrong direction on 1st January.

"It is thought this happened at around 12.44pm.

"Police would be keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident - the number to call is 101.

“We cannot over emphasise the potential dangers and would urge motorists to be mindful of road signage on this stretch of road.

"Driving the 'wrong' way along a dual carriageway is incredibly dangerous, given that traffic on the road can be travelling at up to 70mph."

The A4 has a history of similar incidents since being opened in December 2010 despite repeated warnings.

The 13 mile dual carriageway represented the longest single road scheme ever built in Northern Ireland in order to improve access to the west of the Province.

However just a year later, in December 2011, the Courier reported that DUP MLA Lord Morrow had been informed by a senior Roads Service engineer of no less than 11 cases of motorists dicing with death as they travelled the wrong way on the road, including a van which caused a two-vehicle collision.

"It is a valuable asset but it cannot be allowed to present this kind of danger," Lord Morrow said at the time.

"I am increasingly alarmed at the potential for a serious road traffic collision and the loss of life or very serious injury if immediate action is not taken."

Police said they were working with the Roads Service to upgrade signage following the incidents.

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