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)
M1 J 13 & 12 Southbound: 116 (60)
A14 Eastbound: 128 (70)
A556 Chester Road: 128 (70)
City of London
Upper Thames Street Stew Lane: 86 (30)
M6 Todhills: 136 (70)
A171: 99 (50)
M1 Northbound, Tibshelf: 110 (50)
A35 Tolpuddle Bypass eastbound: 110 (70)
A66 Galley Bank, Barnard Castle: 111 (70)
A127 Arterial Road Rayleigh: 111 (50)
A417 Dartley Bottom: 121 (70)
Greater Manchester Police
A5103 Princess Rd, Manchester: 104 (40)
A31: 123 (70)
A10 Great Cambridge Rd, Cheshunt, Herts: 115 (40)
A180 Great Coates: 125 (70)
M25 anti-clockwise Clacket Lane Services Jn 5: 146 (70)
M25 clockwise Swanley: 146 (70)
A683 Lancaster/Morecambe By-Pass, Heysham: 115 (60)
M1 Southbound, Swinford: 119 (50)
A1 Great Ponton Northbound: 141 (70)
M62: 112 (50)
Not revealed: 123 (30)
A11 Ketteringham: 120 (70)
A5 Crick Eastern Verge: 140 (60)
A1 Western Bypass: 103 (50)
North Wales Police
A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy: 136 (60)
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)
A140 Coddenham: 119 (50)
A3 Burntcommon: 127 (70)
London Road, East Grinstead: 128 (30)
Thames Valley Police
A4146 Leighton Buzzard to Bletchley Road: 121 (70)
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)