West Yorkshire has been revealed as the UK region which issued the most speeding tickets during 2017, following research by car leasing specialist UK Carline.
Motorists in the area racked up more than 142,000 offences - up 13% on 2016's figures - which was almost 80,000 more than Surrey which recorded the second highest number of offences at 62,623.
West Mercia (Hereford, Worcester and Shrewsbury) also saw more than 62,000 speeding offences, while Dundee recorded 60,465.
Surrey's figures were up nearly a quarter (24%) year-on-year, while West Mercia's figures dropped 32%.
The hotspots have been revealed after UK Carline submitted Freedom of Information requests to the UK’s police forces, asking for the number of motorists caught exceeding the speed limit in 2017, as well as the top speeds people were caught travelling at.
Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline said: “Our research has certainly produced some eye opening insight into the UK’s driving habits, with some worryingly fast speeds being clocked by speed cameras up and down the country over the last few years.
“We hope the stats will make people think twice next time they consider speeding, particularly in more residential areas. Drivers should always stay safe on the roads by never exceeding the speed limits.”
The 10 police forces that issued the most speeding tickets during 2017 were:
1. West Yorkshire – 142,610
2. Surrey – 62,623
3. West Mercia – 62,503
4. Dundee – 60,465
5. North Wales – 57,224
6. Kent – 53,590
7. Lancashire – 51,455
8. Humberside – 49,982
9. Norfolk – 49,730
10. Dorset - 45,344
West Yorkshire also saw the driver who was caught at the fastest speed, with one camera registering a speed of 160mph, 90mph above the speed limit. Speeds of 150mph were recorded in both Kent and Surrey, while a 149mph offence was recorded in Lincolnshire.
The fastest speeds clocked in a 70mph zone during 2017 were:
1. West Yorkshire – 160mph
2. Surrey – 150mph
3. Kent – 150mph
4. Lincolnshire – 149mph
5. Dundee – 148mph
Drivers were also caught massively exceeding the speed limits in 30mph zones.The fastest speeds registered in a 30mph zone were:
1. Dundee – 106mph
2. West Yorkshire – 102mph
3. Dorset – 96mph
4. Warwickshire – 95mph
5. Gwent – 94mph