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Motorists clocked at 146mph on M25, says IAM

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has highlighted 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 Eastern Verge 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.

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.

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 full data is available here.

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  • Reg - 12/02/2015 11:48

    It might be interesting to ask just how many of these very high speeds actually resulted in an accident.

    • Tim - 12/02/2015 13:48

      @Reg - Probably none of them: if they had they would have hit the headlines because of the excessive speed. But every one of them, particularly those on urban roads with limits of 50mph or lower, had the potential for multiple fatalities.

  • finance@questelectrical.co.uk - 12/02/2015 12:19

    I think it would be more interesting to see the penalties these people incurred. It is a flagrant disregard for other peoples safety but what did the law feel the punishment be for these individuals. Was it a one-off or are these individuals repeat offenders? Its easy to read a tally of statistics but a fleshing out of these numbers to see the penalties incurred, any accidents and or fatalities that may reside within these numbers may help people re-evaluate their own attitudes when on the road.

  • tony sutherland - 16/04/2015 15:43

    motorways no problem if viable and not dangerous driving but sensible and precise look at Germany but in small village like where I live 40mph with my children and cars and bikes in excess of 100 plain stupidity and dangerous, today my partner said police have caught many people along our road.

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