A driver was caught speeding at 140mph on the A1 at Sawtry as more than 250 motorists were clocked travelling at more than 100mph in the last two years, new figures reveal.
The fastest speed recorded by Cambridgeshire police in 2018 was by the 38-year-old male driver on the A1. Another man, aged 24, was recorded travelling at 130mph on the A47 Soke Parkway between Paston and Bretton, while a 34-year-old man hit the same speed on the A1 at Norman Cross.
The fourth highest speed on the county’s roads was also on the A1 at Norman Cross, when a 29-year-old man hit 124mph, while rounding out the five fastest speeds recorded in Cambridgeshire was a 36-year-old man on the A14, who hit 122mph.
The latest statistics also show that 135 drivers were caught speeding at 100mph or higher on 2018, with 138 drivers caught at least 30mph above the national speed limit the year before.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity who obtained the figures, said: “There is absolutely no justification for any driver to be travelling at such excessive speeds – more than twice the national speed limit in some cases – putting themselves and others in grave danger.
“The number of drivers caught speeding at over 100mph highlights some deeply concerning issues with speeding across the country and makes clear the need for action. Anyone caught travelling at such speed should always face a ban – we have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads.
“The Government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide the police with the resources they need to get out on the roads and act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving. The law must also be used to its fullest extent in penalising such dangerous behaviour, making it clear that speeding will not be tolerated.”
The road safety charity obtained figures from 40 of the 45 police forces across the UK, following a Freedom of Information request. Each force was asked to supply the total number of offences recorded by a speed camera or from an officer’s speed radar where a motorist was found to be going over 100mph, for 2018. They were also asked to provide the top five speeds recorded in their area, including what the speed limit was, the location, the driver’s age and gender.
From the responses, a total of 9,596 motorists were clocked doing over 100mph. The top five speeds recorded nationwide were: 162mph on the M1 in South Yorkshire, 162mph on M4 in Avon and Somerset, 160mph on the M5 in West Mercia, 157mph on the M62 in West Yorkshire, and 157mph on the M25 in Kent.
Four forces recorded more than 1,000 motorists exceeding 100mph last year. West Yorkshire police recorded the most with 2,252; followed by Kent Police with 1,323; then West Mercia Police with 1,114; and Surrey police with 1,016.
Drivers caught speeding at over 100mph are referred to Court, where magistrates have the discretion to issue a driving ban or 6 penalty points on a driver’s licence. The maximum fine for serious speeding offences is £1000, rising to £2500 if caught on a motorway.
Road safety charity, Brake, are concerned about the number of drivers caught travelling at more than 100mph. Stopping distances at speeds over 100mph are more than 182m, the equivalent of about 45 car lengths, or nearly two football pitches. Brake want to see drivers automatically banned if caught travelling at over 100mph and are calling on the Government to invest in national roads policing, as a matter of urgency, to give the police the resources necessary to increase enforcement.