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Man banned following unbelievably dangerous driving

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A man has been banned from getting back behind the wheel after police caught him speeding down a dual carriageway at more than 150mph.

Jason Barnard was travelling along the A46 in Lincolnshire when officers clocked him doing more than twice the legal speed limit.

Chief Insp Phil Vickers said the patrol unit were stunned by just how fast the motorist was going and described the behaviour as “unbelievably dangerous.”

“It’s certainly the fastest thing we’ve seen in Lincolnshire, not one that we would want to repeat and just highly, highly irresponsible,” he said.

“The A46 on that stretch has side turnings and obviously it’s got the roundabout and slow moving traffic as well, and the stopping distances involved at that sort of speed are quite huge.”

Barnard, 43, of Watford, admitted the dangerous driving offence on April 28th of this year and was given a 15 month ban by Lincoln Magistrates Court.

The bench also imposed a £500 fine and ordered him to pay costs of £315.

This latest conviction follows research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) which suggests the number of vehicles massively exceeding the speed limit is on the rise.

Of the 36 forces in England and Wales who responded to a Freedom of Information request, all but six said they had caught drivers doing more than 110mph last year.

Sarah Sillars, the IAM’s chief executive, 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 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.”

Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or police speed traps. For further advice on your options if you are facing a charge of this nature, contact Lester Morrill’s road traffic team today.