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The Institute of Advanced motorists (IAM) has compiled a league table of Britain’s worst speeding incidents caught on camera last year.
Police forces across the country were asked to provide the highest recorded speeds in their areas; the results reveal a terrifying picture of widespread dangerous driving nationwide.
Of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales the IAM sent Freedom of Information requests to, 36 forces responded and all but six had recorded top speeds of more than 110mph in 2014.
Amongst a catalogue of truly shocking incidents, two drivers were recorded at 146mph on the M25 on separate occasions, while another was caught driving at 128mph in a 30mph zone in West Sussex.
At speeds of 140mph, a vehicle would be travelling at nearly two-and-a-half miles a minute. How can anyone behind a wheel possibly hope to react in time if anything was to happen in front of their vehicle requiring any kind of evasive action?
Motorists driving this recklessly are playing with other road users’ lives. Put simply, they are an accident waiting to happen.
One motorist was recorded driving at 120mph in a 50mph zone on the A631 Beckingham Road, while another reached 115mph on a 40mph road on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Hertfordshire.
London’s worst offender was recorded at 123mph on a 30mph road and the top speeder in Wales was filmed driving at 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conway.
Shockingly, three other drivers were recorded travelling at 140mph or more on the M6 Toll road in the West Midlands, the A1 northbound at Great Ponton in Lincolnshire, and the A5 near Crick in Northamptonshire.
Every day our road traffic accident Lawyers witness the emotional fallout grieving families have to deal with following the sudden deaths of their loved ones at the hands of speeding drivers.
In response to the data, the IAM has said it supports the targeted use of speed camera systems at road accident black spots, on roads with a history of speed-related crashes and at areas of proven risk, such as motorway road works.
Speed cameras are an extremely well evidenced way of cutting speeds, improving road safety, and thus reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
Reducing and managing traffic speeds is crucial to road safety. According to national road safety charity Brake, speeding is a contributory factor in more than one in four fatal road accidents in the UK.
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