Driver clocked doing 121mph on A140 at Scole

Broome, Suffolk. Speed camera which has been shut off on the A140 at Broome ENGANL00220120822162843
Broome, Suffolk. Speed camera which has been shut off on the A140 at Broome ENGANL00220120822162843

Motorists are deliberately driving at high speeds and putting lives at risk according to the police after it was revealed a driver was clocked driving at 121mph on the A140 at Scole in the past year.

It follows Freedom of Information requests to 39 police authorities nationally by the Institute of Advanced Motoring, detailing the highest speeds recorded by speed cameras between April 2013 and May 2014.

It was the joint-highest speed recorded in the county.

Chris Spinks, head of Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing unit, said: “These people are deliberately deciding to drive at these speeds. They are far and away above where someone may have crept over the speed limit.

“They are making a conscious decision to drive at these speeds and by doing that they are putting themselves at risk and others people’s lives at risk.”

“People driving at these speeds are clearly either not aware of the risks or they are deliberately choosing to ignore this. Either way, they are not competent and safe drivers and should not be on our roads and playing with other people’s safety and lives.”

He also explained that speeding was one of the ‘fatal four’ for causing accidents, along with not wearing a seat belt, driver distraction, and alcohol and drugs.

Nationally, the top speed recorded was from a motorist on the M25 at Swanley, clocked at 149mph.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Speed limits are a limit. They are 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 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.”