2,000+ motorists caught speeding at more than 100mph
More than 2,000 motorists in the UK were caught by police speeding at more than 100mph in the 12-month period ending April 2015 (BBC News).
The figures are in response to a Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio 5 live and come from 42 of the UK's 45 police forces.
The highest speed recorded was 156mph on the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire - more than twice the national limit. The driver, a professional footballer, was fined £1,400 and given a six-month ban after being stopped in his BMW M4 Coupe.
The other highest speeds clocked were a Mercedes C200 doing 155mph on the M1 in Hertfordshire, and a Jaguar at 144mph on the M4 in Gloucestershire.
Police were asked to supply details for the 2014-15 financial year on the number of offences they recorded where a motorist was found to be exceeding 100mph - either by a speed camera or from an officer's speed radar. The FOI responses showed at least 2,169 such reports were filed by UK police forces.
Chief constable Suzette Davenport, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Roads Policing, told the BBC: “Speed is a significant factor in fatal road accidents and extreme speed causes an even greater risk to road users.”
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said road safety was the number one priority for the industry. In a statement, it said: “The industry… does not condone excessive speed and complies with strict advertising rules covering speed.”
The BBC would like to speak with anyone affected by excess speed. If you can help contact Catherine Bolsover on 0161 335 6503, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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