Speed demons

I’ve just discovered that some of the worst speeding offences over the last year have taken place in Scotland.

I guess that’s no surprise as the country has some amazing stretches of isolated tarmac and winding rural roads.

Twenty of the most concerning speed demons to have been recorded involved one driver reaching 139 mph on a 60 mph road. The offence was witnessed on the Keith to Huntly Road, near the B9115 junction in Aberdeenshire.

Just one of the top 20 largest speeding offences was shown to have taken place on a motorway in the last 15 months, with the remainder witnessed on A roads up and down the country.

Speeds of more than 100 mph were recorded in each of the cases, with each incident captured by either fixed or mobile speed cameras.

I guess these speeds show there are still drivers out there displaying a contempt for the law and for the safety of their fellow road users. But what worries me the most is that the vast majority of the incidents took place on A roads, therefore putting oncoming motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians at greater risk.

It’s an obvious point to make, but all drivers should obey the law when it comes to travelling at an appropriate speed. Most of us know that failure to do so can result in serious and life-threatening accidents.

However,  I think there’s no harm in increasing the level of education as well because this could reduce the likelihood of motorists breaking the law.

According to road safety watchdog, RoSPA, 14 per cent of all collisions resulting in an injury come about as a result of excessive speed. And sadly, in 24 per cent of cases where a fatality occurs, speeding is shown to be a contributory factor.

What do you think?

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