Motorist was caught driving at 149mph
The figure was released after a Freedom of Information request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) to police authorities in England and Wales. Police were asked for the location and speed of the fastest motorists caught by speed cameras in the past year. Thirty-three of 39 police authorities in England and Wales asked by the IAM responded to the request.
The BBC reported another driver in Gateshead was recorded doing 96mph (154km/h) in a 30mph (48km/h) zone. Thames Valley Police revealed that a motorist was caught doing 127mph (204km/h) on the A413 Wendover By-Pass in Wendover, a road with a 60mph (97km/h) speed limit.
The highest speed on a 50mph (80km/h) road was a driver recorded doing 119mph (192km/h) on the A414 Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire Constabulary said. Lincolnshire Police revealed a driver was caught doing 113mph (182km/h) in a 40mph (64km/h) zone on the A17 Station Road, Swineshead Bridge.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said doing 149mph equated to travelling nearly two-and-a-half miles in a minute.
Simon said, ‘If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you. Speed limits are a limit. They are not a target to beat.
‘Unfortunately, this message has not got through to many motorists and it’s clear that efforts to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink-driving continue to fail. The current guidelines on sentencing for excessive speeding offences are out of sync with modern roads, modern vehicles and society’s view of the value of lives lost in crashes.’