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Call for longer driving bans after motorist clocked travelling at 112mph on A45 in Northampton

A6 Roadworks :Burton Latimer: work continues on Burton Latimer bypass between Burton and Finedon. No over taking signs are ignored by drivers. 
Friday 13th September 2013 ENGNNL00120130913153408

A6 Roadworks :Burton Latimer: work continues on Burton Latimer bypass between Burton and Finedon. No over taking signs are ignored by drivers. Friday 13th September 2013 ENGNNL00120130913153408

Two motorists were caught travelling at speeds of more than 100mph on the A45 in Northampton in the past year, latest figures have shown.

The highest speed recorded by Northamptonshire Police on the dual-carriageway, which has a speed limit of 70mph, was 112mph. Another driver was clocked speeding at 106mph.

A biker from Overstone, near Northampton, was caught travelling on the A6 in Burton Latimer, which has a speed limit of 60mph, at a speed of 121mph. The chair of the magistrates’ bench, said the speed was “off the scale” of their guidelines, that only provided sentencing details for speeds of 100mph in a 60mph limit.

The biker was given the maximum sentence available to magistrates of an eight-week driving ban. He was also fined £265, told to pay costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £27.

In the past two years, two other motorists were clocked by police doing speeds of 104mph and 103mph on the A6, which has been designated a red route’ following three fatal crashes

Simon Best, the chief executive of the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM), said the current guidelines for sentencing for excessive speeding was “out of sync” with modern roads.

He said: “Speed limits are a limit, they are not a target. Unfortunately this message has not got through to many motorists and it’s clear that efforts to make speeding as unacceptable as drink driving continue to fail. Catching speeders at two or even three times the limit shows the importance of keeping speed cameras at well-known black spots. We all share the roads with these drivers and the government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”

 

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