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Police forces release worst speeding figures during lockdown

Drivers have been exploiting the quiet roads in the country by speeding during lockdown, according to data analysed by the RAC, with two incidents of more than 100mph being in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Following a freedom of information request to all British police forces, 20 of them saw their worst offenders hitting three-figure speeds.

The worst speeder in the first three weeks of the lockdown was caught in West Yorkshire driving at 151mph on the M62 motorway – a shocking 81mph over the speed limit.

Forces across the country have seen speeds of more than 100mph on our roads. (35834508)
Forces across the country have seen speeds of more than 100mph on our roads. (35834508)

But this was only 11mph faster than the next fastest recorded incident, which was 140mph on the A14 in Suffolk.

Six forces – The Met, Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside – all caught motorists driving at speeds in excess of 130mph and three others – Police Scotland, The Met and Lancashire – recorded drivers at speeds more than 120mph.

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said: "Some of the speeds police forces have caught drivers doing are truly shocking. At such high speeds there is virtually no time to react should anything unexpected happen in front such as a car changing lanes at the last second or a vehicle having to brake suddenly.

“Clearly, some drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads to speed excessively putting the lives of others at risk at the worst possible time, but at the same time it’s encouraging that so many police forces have taken firm action even during the lockdown, which sends a strong message to other would-be offenders.

“While the most of highest speeds were recorded were on motorways, some occurred on roads with much lower speed limits, which is an even greater concern. The figures for speeding offences on 30mph roads are particularly worrying as far more people have been walking and cycling due to the lockdown.

“As some schools and nurseries in England begin to open their doors from this week there will be even more pedestrians on the roads so we urge every driver to obey the speed limit and keep all road users safe.”

Norfolk Police worst speeder they have caught during lockdown was doing 11mph in a 70 on the A11.

The highest speed seen in a 40mph limit was 134mph, which was recorded by the Met on the A10 in North London.

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