Brits top 149mph on roads

JonathanMay 27, 2014

A freedom of information request has revealed that many motorists are flouting the speed limits, putting themselves and others at danger.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed that one driver was clocked doing 149mph on the M25 at Swanley. Some 39 police authorities were contacted for the research, with 85 per cent of those responding to the request.

Far from being an anomaly, the research found that many other drivers were ignoring the speed limits around England and Wales. It revealed that motorists were doing speeds of up to 96mph on roads restricted to 30mph, which is worrying considering these roads are usually in residential areas.

It also reported one driver speeding at 119mph on a 50mph road and the highest speed recorded on a 60mph road was 127mph.

Although many drivers can confess to flouting the speed limit occasionally, the consequences are rightly severe if you get caught by a camera or the police. Magistrates are able to sentence motorists caught driving between 101 and 110mph on a 70mph road to a fine, plus six points on their licence or even disqualification for up to 56 days.

The same guidelines apply if you are seen driving between 76 and 85mph on a 50mph road or 51 to 60mph on a 30mph road.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said 149mph means you are travelling a nearly two and a half miles a minute, meaning that if something should go wrong you are "unlikely to walk away". However, you are also putting those around you in "grave danger", Mr Best warned.

He added: "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.  

"That's why we need sustained campaigning by the government, motor industry and charities to keep ramming home the message that excessive speed kills. Catching speeders at two or even three times the limit also shows the importance of keeping speed cameras at well-known black spots."

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