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IAM shocked by the worst speeders in England and Wales including 146mph on motorway, 128mph in a 30

IAM | Institute of Advanced Motorists

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales in 2014.

Britain’s two worst speeders were caught at 146mph, both by Kent Police on the M25. One was travelling anti-clockwise at Junction 5 at Clacket Lane Services, the other going clockwise at Swanley.

There were three other instances of speeds of 140mph or more being recorded; 145mph on the M6 toll road (70mph limit), 141mph on the A1 Great Ponton Northbound road (70mph limit) and 140mph on the A5 Crick road (60mph limit).

But perhaps the most astounding figure was 128mph recorded on London Road, East Grinstead – a 30mph road, exceeding the limit by 98mph.

The statistics come from a Freedom of Information request made by the leading road safety charity to police forces in England and Wales. The IAM asked each police force for the highest recorded incidences of speed caught on safety cameras in 2014, including locations, speed limits and top speed in each case.

Of the 41 police force areas the IAM requested the information from, 36 responded. All forces recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Wales’ top speeder was an individual who recorded 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conway, which has a 60mph limit.

London’s worst speeder was recorded at 123mph on a 30mph road by the Metropolitan Police. The location has not been revealed as it is exempt under Section 31 of the Freedom of Information Act.

The highest figure recorded in a 50mph zone was 120mph, by Nottinghamshire Police on the A631 Beckingham road.

And the worst speed caught on a 40mph road was 115mph on A10 Great Cambridge Road in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

The IAM’s fundamental belief as is that an improvement in driving skills and attitude is the key to reducing the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads.

It has long advocated advanced driving and riding tuition and continuous development in skills to help achieve this (1).

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said:

“It is disheartening to say the least that some road users are showing such disregard for the safety of all other road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers.

“At speeds of 140mph an individual is travelling at nearly two-and-a-half miles a minute. At that speed it is simply impossible to react to anything that might happen in front of you.

“It is also impossible to handle corners, gradients, street furniture and junctions with any effectiveness. In short, all these individuals are playing with their own lives and others – they are all accidents waiting to happen and it requires a major shift in the attitudes of these people to think about safety.”

The IAM supports the use of safety camera systems at collision hot spots, on roads with a speed related crash record and at areas of proven risk, such as motorway road works (2).

A summary of the highest speed recorded in each police area follows (3).

Location                                                                                            Speed                      Limit     

Avon and Somerset Police

M4 J20 – 19 Eastbound                                 138                          70

Bedfordshire Police

M1 J 13 12 Southbound                                             116                         60          

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

A14 Eastbound                                                                  128                         70          

Cheshire Constabulary

A556 Chester Road                                                                   128                                70          

City of London

Upper Thames Street Stew Lane                              86                          30

Cumbria Constabulary

M6 Todhills                                                                                  136                                70          

Cleveland Police

A171                                                                                                99                 50          

Derbyshire Constabulary

M1 Northbound, Tibshelf                                                      110                                50

Dorset Police

A35 Tolpuddle Bypass eastbound                              110       70

Durham Police

A66 Galley Bank, Barnard Castle                                  111       70

Essex Police

A127 Arterial Road Rayleigh                                           111       50

Gloucestershire Constabulary

A417 Dartley Bottom                                                        121       70

Greater Manchester Police

A5103 Princess Rd, Manchester                   104       excess speed (40mph)

Hampshire Constabulary

A31                                                                                                          123       70          

Hertfordshire Constabulary

A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Cheshunt, Herts 115   40          

Humberside Police

A180 Great Coates                                                                     125              70

Kent Police

M25 anti-clockwise Clacket Lane Services Jn 5

                                                                146          70

M25 clockwise Swanley                                                 146                         70

Lancashire Constabulary

A683 Lancaster/Morecambe By-Pass, Heysham          115                          60        

Leicestershire Police

M1 Southbound, Swinford                                          119                           50        

Lincolnshire Police

A1 Great Ponton Northbound                                    141                            70       

Merseyside Police

M62                                                                                                        112                           50       

Metropolitan Police

Not revealed                                                                              123                                   30

Norfolk Constabulary

A11 Ketteringham                                                                     120                   70      

Northamptonshire Police

A5 Crick Eastern Verge                                                    140           60

Northumbria Police

A1 Western Bypass                                                                    103                  50      

North Wales Police

A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy                      136          60      

Nottinghamshire Police

A631 Beckingham                                                                        120                  50

South Wales Police

M4 between J35 Pencoed and J34 Miskin  125          70    

South Yorkshire Police

M1 S bound J31 Woodhall Services                100          50   

Suffolk Constabulary

A140 Coddenham                                                                           119                  50  

Surrey Police

A3 Burntcommon                                                                           127                          70          

Sussex Police

London Road, East Grinstead                                              128                 30          

Thames Valley Police

A4146 Leighton Buzzard to Bletchley Road            121                         70          

Warwickshire Police

M6 Toll Gantry 1165b                                                              145                                70          

West Mercia Police

A41 Tern Hill towards Whitchurch                                      118                                60          

West Midlands Police

M6 J5 to J8                                                                                           106                        50

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