Hundreds of drivers caught travelling at speeds of more than 100mph in Norfolk
Hundreds of drivers were caught at speeds of more than 100 mph in Norfolk over the last two years – with the fastest hitting 144 mph.
The road safety charity Brake has called on the Government to increase funding for road policing, and wants to see drivers automatically banned if they are caught travelling at 100 mph or more.
Figures obtained by the charity through a Freedom of Information request to Norfolk Constabulary show that 160 drivers were recorded at speeds of 100 mph or more last year, and 179 in 2017.
Last year, the fastest speed the force recorded was 144 mph , on the A47, at Terrington St John.
Drivers caught speeding at over 100 mph are referred to courts, where magistrates have the discretion to issue a driving ban, a fine or six penalty points on a driver’s licence.
The maximum fine for serious speeding offences is £1,000, rising to £2,500 if the offence occurred on a motorway.
The five highest speeds recorded in Norfolk in 2018 were:
144 mph on the A47 (male driver, 39 years old)
134 mph on the A11 (male driver, 49 years old)
130 mph on the A11 (male driver, 29 years old)
129 mph on the A47 (male driver, 55 years old)
124 mph on the A47 (male driver, 23 years old)
Brake received responses from 40 of the country's 45 police forces. They showed that more than 9,500 motorists were recorded at speeds of more than 100 mph last year – a 52% increase on the number in 2017.
Nationally, the highest speeds recorded by police were in South Yorkshire and Avon and Somerset – 162 mph in each case.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “There is absolutely no justification for any driver to be travelling at such excessive speeds – more than twice the national speed limit in some cases – putting themselves and others in grave danger."