A motorist on the M25 at Swanley holds the record for the highest speed clocked by a speed camera in England and Wales between April 2013 and May 2014.
The 149 mph figure was revealed following freedom of information requests to 39 police authorities by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). 85% of police authorities responded to the FOI request.
The highest speed recorded on a 30mph road was 96mph on the B1288 in Gateshead. On a 50mph road the highest speed was on the A414 at Stanstead Abbotts in Hertfordshire where a motorist clocked 119 mph. The highest speed on a 60mph road was 127mph on the A413 Wendover By-Pass.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “149 miles per hour equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute. If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you.”
“Speed limits are a limit – not a target to beat. Unfortunately this message has not got through to many motorists and it’s clear that efforts to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink driving continue to fail. That’s why we need sustained campaigning by the Government, motor industry and charities to keep ramming home the message that excessive speed kills.
“Catching speeders at two or even three times the limit also shows the importance of keeping speed cameras at well-known black spots.
“The current guidelines on sentencing for excessive speeding offences are out of sync with modern roads, modern vehicles and society’s view of the value of lives lost in crashes.
“We all share the roads with these speeding drivers and the Government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”