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Worst Speeders In Britain

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists has released details of Britain's worst speeding drivers, after issuing Freedom of Information requests to British police forces. The worst offence in 2014 saw Sussex Police faced with a driver doing 128mph in a 30mph zone...

The driver was caught on East Grinstead's London Road, exceeding the speed limit by a ridiculous 98mph, but details of the penalty applied were not released. As part of the same study, it was revealed that there were two separate incidences of drivers recorded doing 146mph on the M25 in 2014, the fastest speeding offences of last year. Nationwide, there were five cases of drivers exceeding 140mph in 2014.

On the M6, one driver was caught doing 145mph, another reached 141mph on the A1 and one motorist was caught doing 140mph on a stretch of the A5 in Northamptonshire posting a 60mph limit. In London, a speed of 123mph in a 30mph zone was recorded. The worst speeding offence recorded in Wales last year was 136mph in a 60mph zone in Conway.

Thirty six of 41 police forces in England and Wales responded to the IAM's Freedom of Information requests, of which 30 forces had recorded drivers reaching speeds higher than 110mph last year.

Other Freedom of Information requests saw a Vauxhall Vectra driver caught doing 83mph in a 50mph zone on the A537 in the Peak District. The offence was recorded by average speed cameras which were installed in 2011, on the Cat and Fiddle Road, The twisty stretch of road running through moorland was once named the most dangerous road in Britain, as heavy footed drivers had a habit of treating it like a race track. There were 3,243 speeding offences recorded last year on the A537, despite a proliferation of warning signs and cameras and a high profile police presence.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists believes the figures prove there is a strong need for more speed cameras to be installed on British roads. A driver travelling at 140ph is covering two and a half miles every minute, which the IAM believes leaves very little time to react in an emergency. The Institute calls the speed an accident waiting to happen.

The IAM would support the installation of extra cameras at accident hot spots, such as roads famous for a high number of speed related collisions and known risk spots, including road works on motorways. However, the Institute believes that improved driver education is the key to solving Britain's road safety issues.

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