Britain’s worst speeder of the last 12 months was caught by a speed camera on the M25 in Kent at 149mph, information obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists shows. The incident was revealed following a freedom of information request made by the IAM to 39 British police authorities, 33 of which replied.
The information also brought to light the worst offences committed within the various limits on UK roads. A driver was clocked at 96mph in a 30mph limit in Gateshead; another at 119mph in a 50 limit in Hertfordshire; yet another at 127mph in a 60mph zone in Wendover.
IAM chief executive Simon best said: “149mph equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute. 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.”
Under the current rules, getting caught at between 101-110mph in a 70mph limit (i.e. on a dual carriageway or motorway) will result in 6 penalty points or a driving ban of up to 56 days. Go beyond that and being disqualified from driving is a certainty, going to jail a possibility. In 2007 a man was jailed and given a three year ban after being caught at 172mph in a Porsche 911 Turbo, near Oxford.
Whatever your opinion of Britain’s speed limits, on motorways particularly, it is, nevertheless, the law to abide by them. At the very least, we should agree that there is such a thing as going too far. Like doing 320 per cent of the limit along a residential road in the North East…