A motorist has been caught exceeding the speed limit by almost 100mph in what is believed to be one of the most extreme offences of its kind to be brought to court.
The Porsche driver was clocked doing 128mph in a 30mph zone by police in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
The alarming incident went unreported by the media at the time, but came to light following a Freedom of Information request – used to compile data on the worst speeding offences recorded on Britain’s roads.
In a separate case, a motorist was caught by the Metropolitan Police driving at 123mph in a residential area.
Other vehicles were captured travelling at more than 140mph in 60 and 70mph zones.
Sally Sillars, the chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who compiled the data, said: “It is disheartening to say the least that some road users are showing such disregard for the safety of all other road users.
“At speeds of 140mph an individual is travelling at nearly 2½ miles a minute. At that speed it is simply impossible to react to anything that might happen in front of you.
“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.”
Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or speed traps. Leeds-based solicitors Lester Morrill has a wealth of experience representing those facing speeding charges – for more details about how we can help, contact us today.