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Belfast

Video shows 'out-of-control' street car racing on New Year's Eve

The cars are seen tearing up and down the Falls Road, watched by dozens of onlookers, with the PSNI trying to intervene.

STREET RACING ON the Falls Road in Belfast is out of control, according to a road safety group.

The Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland has condemned a video posted online showing a group of vehicles speeding on the road, as well as performing sharp turns and other dangerous manoeuvres, on New Year’s Eve.

The event, reportedly organised through social media, is watched by dozens of onlookers.

PSNI Land Rovers can be seen intervening in the race at the end of the video that has already been viewed by thousands online.

The same group who filmed the event, DHLA, has previously posted videos online of dangerous driving both on the Falls Road and in other areas.

“It is very fortunate that no one was killed,” a spokesperson for the Road Safety Council told TheJournal.ie.

It is horrific that this sort of thing can occur on a city centre street.

“The situation is out of control in that area,” they added.

The PSNI said in a statement they are “committed to bringing about reductions in the number crimes involving vehicles”.

“The PSNI’s Auto Crime Team has been instrumental in the significant reduction in car crime in the West Belfast area,”  the police service said, “which is down by 84 per cent in the last 10 years, and much of this is due to the great partnership work with local groups and agencies.”

Read: Numbers killed on Ireland’s roads rises for first time in eight years >

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