Northamptonshire driver responsible for one of the most excessive speeding offences in UK

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A Northamptonshire driver is among the worst examples of speeding offences in Britain according to latest statistics, after being recorded as driving at 140mph on a 60mph road.

The figures, released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), aim to lift the lid on the most excessive speeding offences caught on safety cameras across England and Wales in 2014.

Britain’s two worst speeders were caught at 146mph, both by Kent Police on the M25. Not far behind was a Northamptonshire driver, caught by police driving at 140mph on the A5, Crick Eastern Verge, which has a 60mph limit.

There were two other instances of speeds of 140mph or more being recorded; 145mph on the M6 toll road (70mph limit) and 141mph on the A1 Great Ponton Northbound road.

A figure of 128mph was also recorded on London Road, East Grinstead, which has a 30mph limit.

The statistics come from a Freedom of Information request made by the leading road safety charity to police forces in England and Wales. The IAM asked each police force for the highest recorded incidences of speed caught on safety cameras in 2014, including locations, speed limits and top speed in each case.

All forces that responded recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.

IAM chief executive officer, Sarah Sillars, said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

A summary of the highest speed recorded in each area by local police is as follows, with the speed limit of the road in each instance given in brackets:

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 (40)

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)