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Worst Speeders In England And Wales Hit 146mph

Safety Charity Reveals Worst Speeders By Police Region

A motorist was clocked at 146mph making him/her one of the most prolific speeders of 2014 in England and Wales, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed. The life threatening incident took place on the M25 – where the speed limit was 70mph – while the offender was travelling clockwise at Swanley. A second driver was recorded at the same speed travelling anti-clockwise by Junction 5.

The 140mph barrier was exceeded by other offenders too: 145mph on the M6 toll road (70mph limit), 141mph on the A1 Great Ponton Northbound Road (70mph limit) and 140mph on the A5 (60mph limit).

Institute Discusses Extreme Speeding

Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Sillars, said: “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.”

She added: “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.”

128mph In 30mph Zone

Wales’ top speeder hit 136mph on the A5 in Conway where the limit was 60mph. Equally terrifying, a vehicle reached 128mph in a 30mph zone on London Road (East Grinstead). The highest figure in a 50mph zone was 120mph on the A631 Beckingham Road - and an offender hit 115mph on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Cheshunt (40mph limit).

Sillars added: “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.”

Highest Speed Recorded By Police Area

The highest speeds recorded by police region were:

Location Speed (mph) Limit (mph)
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