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The worst cases of excessive speeding

Blog post posted on 04/08/15 |
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IAM Drive & Survive has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales last year (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 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.

Of the 41 police force areas the IAM requested the information from, 36 responded. All forces recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Wales’ top speeder was an individual who recorded 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conway, which has a 60mph limit.

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.

Add to these statistics the fact that in 2014 there were a total of 154,774 speeding offences, an increase of 27% on the previous year. This may go some way to explaining the recent rise in the road casualty statistics – the first increase since 1997.

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.

It has long advocated advanced driving and riding tuition and continuous development in skills to help achieve this.

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 IAM supports the use of safety camera systems at collision hot spots, on roads with a speed related crash record and at areas of proven risk, such as motorway road works.

A summary of the highest speed recorded in each police area follows.

Location

Speed

Limit

Avon and Somerset Police, M4 J20 – 19 Eastbound

138

70

Bedfordshire Police, M1 J 13 & 12 Southbound

116

60

Cambridgeshire Constabulary, A14 Eastbound

128

70

Cheshire Constabulary, A556 Chester Road

128

70

City of London, Upper Thames Street Stew Lane

86

30

Cumbria Constabulary, M6 Todhills

136

70

Cleveland Police, A171

99

50

Derbyshire Constabulary, M1 Northbound, Tibshelf

110

50

Dorset Police, A35 Tolpuddle Bypass eastbound

110

70

Durham Police, A66 Galley Bank, Barnard Castle

111

70

Essex Police, A127 Arterial Road Rayleigh

111

50

Gloucestershire Constabulary, A417 Dartley Bottom

121

70

Greater Manchester Police, A5103 Princess Rd, Manchester

104

excess speed (40mph)

Hampshire Constabulary, A31

123

70

Hertfordshire Constabulary, A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Cheshunt, Herts

115

40

Humberside Police, A180 Great Coates

125

70

Kent Police, M25 anti-clockwise Clacket Lane Services Jn 5

146

70

M25 clockwise Swanley

146

70

Lancashire Constabulary, A683 Lancaster/Morecambe By-Pass, Heysham

115

60

Leicestershire Police, M1 Southbound, Swinford

119

50

Lincolnshire Police, A1 Great Ponton Northbound

141

70

Merseyside Police, M62

112

50

Metropolitan Police, Not revealed

123

30

Norfolk Constabulary, A11 Ketteringham

120

70

Northamptonshire Police, A5 Crick Eastern Verge

140

60

Northumbria Police, A1 Western Bypass

103

50

North Wales Police, A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy

136

60

Nottinghamshire Police, A631 Beckingham

120

50

South Wales Police, M4 between J35 Pencoed and J34 Miskin

125

70

South Yorkshire Police, M1 S bound J31 Woodhall Services

100

50

Suffolk Constabulary, A140 Coddenham

119

50

Surrey Police, A3 Burntcommon

127

70

Sussex Police, London Road, East Grinstead

128

30

Thames Valley Police, A4146 Leighton Buzzard to Bletchley Road

121

70

Warwickshire Police, M6 Toll Gantry 1165b

145

70

West Mercia Police, A41 Tern Hill towards Whitchurch

118

60

West Midlands Police, M6 J5 to J8

106

50

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The worst cases of excessive speeding

Blog post posted on 04/08/15 |
Insight

IAM Drive & Survive has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales last year (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 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.

Of the 41 police force areas the IAM requested the information from, 36 responded. All forces recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Wales’ top speeder was an individual who recorded 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conway, which has a 60mph limit.

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.

Add to these statistics the fact that in 2014 there were a total of 154,774 speeding offences, an increase of 27% on the previous year. This may go some way to explaining the recent rise in the road casualty statistics – the first increase since 1997.

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.

It has long advocated advanced driving and riding tuition and continuous development in skills to help achieve this.

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 IAM supports the use of safety camera systems at collision hot spots, on roads with a speed related crash record and at areas of proven risk, such as motorway road works.

A summary of the highest speed recorded in each police area follows.

Location

Speed

Limit

Avon and Somerset Police, M4 J20 – 19 Eastbound

138

70

Bedfordshire Police, M1 J 13 & 12 Southbound

116

60

Cambridgeshire Constabulary, A14 Eastbound

128

70

Cheshire Constabulary, A556 Chester Road

128

70

City of London, Upper Thames Street Stew Lane

86

30

Cumbria Constabulary, M6 Todhills

136

70

Cleveland Police, A171

99

50

Derbyshire Constabulary, M1 Northbound, Tibshelf

110

50

Dorset Police, A35 Tolpuddle Bypass eastbound

110

70

Durham Police, A66 Galley Bank, Barnard Castle

111

70

Essex Police, A127 Arterial Road Rayleigh

111

50

Gloucestershire Constabulary, A417 Dartley Bottom

121

70

Greater Manchester Police, A5103 Princess Rd, Manchester

104

excess speed (40mph)

Hampshire Constabulary, A31

123

70

Hertfordshire Constabulary, A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Cheshunt, Herts

115

40

Humberside Police, A180 Great Coates

125

70

Kent Police, M25 anti-clockwise Clacket Lane Services Jn 5

146

70

M25 clockwise Swanley

146

70

Lancashire Constabulary, A683 Lancaster/Morecambe By-Pass, Heysham

115

60

Leicestershire Police, M1 Southbound, Swinford

119

50

Lincolnshire Police, A1 Great Ponton Northbound

141

70

Merseyside Police, M62

112

50

Metropolitan Police, Not revealed

123

30

Norfolk Constabulary, A11 Ketteringham

120

70

Northamptonshire Police, A5 Crick Eastern Verge

140

60

Northumbria Police, A1 Western Bypass

103

50

North Wales Police, A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy

136

60

Nottinghamshire Police, A631 Beckingham

120

50

South Wales Police, M4 between J35 Pencoed and J34 Miskin

125

70

South Yorkshire Police, M1 S bound J31 Woodhall Services

100

50

Suffolk Constabulary, A140 Coddenham

119

50

Surrey Police, A3 Burntcommon

127

70

Sussex Police, London Road, East Grinstead

128

30

Thames Valley Police, A4146 Leighton Buzzard to Bletchley Road

121

70

Warwickshire Police, M6 Toll Gantry 1165b

145

70

West Mercia Police, A41 Tern Hill towards Whitchurch

118

60

West Midlands Police, M6 J5 to J8

106

50