More than 9,000 motorists were caught doing over 100mph last year

News from Brake
Monday 15 July 2019
 
Last year, over 9,000 motorists were caught by police speeding at more than 100mph on UK roads, according to data obtained by the road safety charity Brake. The highest speed recorded was 162mph jointly on the M1 Southbound in South Yorkshire and the M4 Eastbound in Avon and Somerset – more than twice the national limit on motorways. Brake want to see automatic driving bans for those caught travelling at over 100mph and greater resources provided to the police to help improve speeding enforcement. 
 
The road safety charity obtained figures from 40 of the 45 police forces across the UK, following a Freedom of Information request. Each force was asked to supply the total number of offences recorded by a speed camera or from an officer's speed radar where a motorist was found to be going over 100mph, for 2018. They were also asked to provide the top five speeds recorded in their area, including what the speed limit was, the location, the driver’s age and gender.
 
From the responses, a total of 9,596 motorists were clocked doing over 100mph. The top five speeds recorded nationwide were: 162mph on the M1 in South Yorkshire, 162mph on M4 in Avon and Somerset, 160mph on the M5 in West Mercia, 157mph on the M62 in West Yorkshire, and 157mph on the M25 in Kent.
 
Four forces recorded more than 1,000 motorists exceeding 100mph last year. West Yorkshire police recorded the most with 2,252; followed by Kent Police with 1,323; then West Mercia Police with 1,114; and Surrey police with 1,016.
 
Drivers caught speeding at over 100mph are referred to Court, where magistrates have the discretion to issue a driving ban or 6 penalty points on a driver’s licence. The maximum fine for serious speeding offences is £1000, rising to £2500 if caught on a motorway.
 
Road safety charity, Brake, are concerned about the number of drivers caught travelling at more than 100mph. Stopping distances at speeds over 100mph are more than 182m, the equivalent of about 45 car lengths, or nearly two football pitches. Brake want to see drivers automatically banned if caught travelling at over 100mph and are calling on the Government to invest in national roads policing, as a matter of urgency, to give the police the resources necessary to increase enforcement.
 
Commenting Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, 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. The number of drivers caught speeding at over 100mph highlights some deeply concerning issues with speeding across the country and makes clear the need for action. Anyone caught travelling at such speed should always face a ban – we have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads.
 
“The Government must invest in national roads policing as a priority to provide the police with the resources they need to get out on the roads and act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving. The law must also be used to its fullest extent in penalising such dangerous behaviour, making it clear that speeding will not be tolerated.”  
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors:
  • Total number of drivers exceeding 100mph in 2017 and 2018 by Force Area

Force Area

No of drivers exceeding 100mph in 2017

No.of drivers exceeding 100mph in 2018

Avon & Somerset

288

224

Bedfordshire

46

38

Cambridgeshire

138

135

Cheshire

8

4

City of London Police

No reply 

Cleveland

0

2

Cumbria Constabulary

 No reply

Derbyshire

2

4

Devon & Cornwall

258

293

Dorset Police

40

61

Durham

2

11

Dyfed-Powys Police

27

23

Essex

456

358

Gloucestershire

42

84

Greater Manchester Police

 21

21

Gwent

123

110

Hampshire Constabulary

61

72

Hertfordshire

130

104

Humberside

166

156

Kent Police

1322

1323

Lancashire

4

6

Leicestershire

38

42

Lincolnshire

265

178

Merseyside

38

18

Metropolitan Police Service

285

253

Norfolk

179

160

North Wales Police

116

139

North Yorkshire

No reply

Northamptonshire Police

 No reply

Northumbria

3

1

Nottinghamshire

7

12

South Wales

28

54

South Yorkshire

20

19

Staffordshire

209

263

Suffolk

103

130

Surrey

862

1016

Sussex Police

11

85

Thames Valley

135

152

Warwickshire Police

87

351

West Mercia Police

131

1114

West Midlands

56

94

West Yorkshire

345

2252

Wiltshire Police

No reply

Police Scotland

173

125

Police Service of Northern Ireland

86

109

TOTAL

6311

9596

  • Top 5 speeds recorded by Force Area:

Force Area

Top 5 speeds recorded 2018

Speed Limit

Location

Age

Gender

North Wales Police

129

70

A55, Anglesey

54

M

122

60

A5, Conwy

55

M

121

70

A55, Denbigshire

n/a

n/a

120

70

A55, Denbigshire

n/a

n/a

120

70

A55, Flintshire

22

M

South Yorkshire

162

70

M1, J31, S

n/a

n/a

109

50

M1, J31, N

n/a

n/a

109

70

M1, J33, S

n/a

n/a

109

70

M1, J31, S

n/a

n/a

107

70

M1, J33, S

n/a

n/a

Essex

142

70

M25, Epping

32

M

142

70

M25 Cranham

45

M

135

70

M25 Cranham

40

M

134

70

M25 Cranham

50

M

133

70

M25 Epping

43

M

Leicestershire

130

70

M1 Southbound,

20

M

125

70

M1 North, J21

23

M

124

70

M1 North, Shepshed

21

M

122

50

A6 Great Glen

27

F

122

50

A6 Loughbrough

23

M

Lincolnshire

151

60

A17 Little Sutton

36

M

145

60

A17 Little Sutton

36

M

141

70

A1 Barrowby

   

135

70

A46 Lincoln Bypass

   

128

60

A46 Dunholme

27

M

Cheshire

137

70

A556 Chester Rd

   

103

70

A556 Chester Rd

44

M

100

50

A41 Liverpool Rd

39

M

100

70

A556 Chester Rd

28

M

98

70

A556 Chester Rd

52

M

Suffolk

131

 

A12 Wickham Mrkt

28

M

130

 

A14 Newmarket

35

M

126

 

A12 East Bergholt

25

M

121

 

A14 Beacon Hill

20

M

117

 

A14 Bucklesham

23

M

Norfolk

144

 

A47 Terrington St John

39

M

134

 

A11 Besthorpe

49

M

130

 

A11 Wymondham

29

M

129

 

A47 Bawburgh

55

M

124

 

A47 Terrington St John

23

M

Merseyside

141

       

129

       

115

       

114

       

108

       

Humberside

155

70

M180 Eastbound, Brigg

59

M

141

70

M62 Westbound, J38

31

M

137

70

A165

32

M

137

70

A165

28

M

130

70

A63 Eastbound

24

M

West Midlands

149

30

M5 Jct 1 & 2

 

M

135

70

M6 South

 

M

124

70

M6 South

 

M

123

50

M42 jct 4&5

 

M

123

60

M6 Jct 7&8

   

Northumbria

111

50

A69

64

M

101

30

A1058

n/a

M

84

30

B1522

24

M

83

30

A1147

19

M

81

30

Princess Way Prudhoe

n/a

M

Gwent

137

70

M4 variable Eastbound

   

136

70

M4 variable Eastbound

   

129

70

M4 variable Westbound

   

127

70

M4 variable Westbound

   

126

70

M4 variable Eastbound

   

Thames Valley

136

       

132

     

3 males, 2 unknown

126

       

125

       

125

       

Staffordshire

150

70

M6 Toll N T5-T6

58

M

149

70

M6 Toll S T6-T5

32

M

133

temporary 50

M6 Southbound Jct 15-14

 

M

130

70

Southbound Norton Canes to T6

40

M

129

70

A5, between jct with A461 & A5127

 

M

Devon & Cornwall

125

70

A38 Deep Lane

50

M

125

70

A30 Whimple

34

M

121

70

A30 Woodleigh

23

M

121

70

A30 Launceston Bypass

71

M

120

70

A38 Deep Lane

23

M

Hertfordshire

142

70

Barnet Bypass

23

M

139

50

A414 Stanstead Abbotts Bypass

 

M

136

50

A414 Stanstead Abbotts Bypass

 

M

135

70

A41 bypass southbound

28

M

133

70

A505 Baldock Rd

 

M

Lancashire

117

50

A565 Southport New Rd

   

116

30

A5230 Squires Gate lane

   

113

60

A570 Rainford Rd

45

M

105

60

A59 Skipton Rd

   

105

60

A59 Skipton Rd

34

M

South Wales

117

50

A48 Stormy Down Westbound

   

117

50

A48 Stormy Down Westbound

   

116

50

A48 Stormy Down Westbound

   

110

50

A48 Stormy Down Westbound

   

110

50

M4 Port Talbot Eastbound

   

Derbyshire

106

50

M1 Southbound, j24A

24

M

103

60

M1 Northbound (J28)

62

M

99

50

M1 Northbound (J28)

28

M

96

60

M1 Northbound (J28)

31

M

96

40

Osmaston Park rd, Derby

31

M

Durham

126

50

J59, A1M

 

M

121

50

J59, A1M

   

109

50

J59, A1M

18

M

109

70

A66 Galley Bank

25

M

104

50

J59, A1M

   

Bedfordshire

132

70

A421 jct with A428

49

M

123

60

M1

33

M

120

70

A6 Northbound

46

M

120

70

A421 Westbound Carriageway

20

M

120

70

M1 Motorway

27

M

Surrey

148

       

147

       

140

       

138

       

137

       

Cambridgeshire

140

70

A1M south J15

38

M

130

70

A47, J19 to 15

24

M

130

70

A1M, J16

34

M

124

70

A1M J16

29

M

122

70

A14 West bound

36

M

Cleveland

111

70

Teesport Rd

57

M

100

70

A19 N, Billingham

23

F

99

50

A66 Middlesbrough

30

M

96

70

A19/A67 N Yarm

48

M

95

70

A174 Middlesbrough

23

F

West Yorkshire

157

70

M62

 

M

156

50

M62

38

M

154

70

M62

35

M

151

70

M62

 

F

149

70

M62

   

Avon & Somerset

162

70

M4 J20-19 East

   

133

70

M4 J20-19 West

   

127

70

M4 J20-19 West

   

127

70

M5 J17-18 N

   

127

70

M4 J20-19 East

   

Nottinghamshire

118

50

A610, Eastwood Bypass

   

110

50

A610, Eastwood Bypass

44

M

110

50

A631 (nr the flood road)

63

M

109

60

M1 S, J26 & 25

   

107

50

A610, Eastwood Bypass

 

M

Gloucestershire

126

 

A417, Gloucestershire

 

M

120

 

A417, Gloucestershire

 

M

115

 

A417, Gloucestershire

 

M

114

 

A417, Gloucestershire

 

M

113

 

A417, Gloucestershire

 

M

Northern Ireland

140

70

M2 Belfast

35

M

132

70

M2 Rathbeg, South

24

M

128

70

Frosses Road, Ballymena

40

M

127

70

M2, Antrim

24

M

127

70

M1 Dungannon

28

M

Scotland

141

70

A92 Crossgates to Glenrothes

23

M

132

70

A90 Dundee to Stonehaven

   

127

70

A92 Dundee to Aberdeen Rd

23

M

125

70

A9 Perth to Inverness

24

M

124

70

A90 Dundee to Stonehaven

   

Dyfed-Powys Police

127

70

A48 Foelgastell

26

M

120

60

A477 Llanddowror

23

M

120

70

A48 Cross Hands

23

M

111

70

A40 Adj to Natyci

51

M

110

60

A470, Nantddu

40

M

West Merica

160

 

M5

   

139

 

M5

   

137

 

M5

20

M

135

 

M5

31

M

134

 

M5

42

M

Warwickshire

127

70

M42

48

M

126

70

M42

33

M

123

70

M42

37

F

122

70

M42

39

M

120

70

M42

39

F

Hampshire

137

70

M3

   

120

70

A303

   

120

70

A303

   

120

70

M3

   

118

70

A31

   

Met Police

140

70

M1B Jct 3

18-30

M

135

50

Eastern Way

30-49

M

134

70

M1 Southbound jct 3

30-49

M

132

70

M1 B Track J3

30-49

M

130

70

M4 Cranford TW5

30-49

M

Sussex Police

151

70

M23

   

125

70

M23

   

122

70

A23

   

121

70

M23

   

120

70

M23

   

Dorset

127

70

A35 Tolpuddle Bypass

42

M

120

70

A35 Puddletown Bypass

50

M

120

70

A3049

52

M

120

50

A3049 Dorset Way Poole

57

M

119

70

A35 Puddletown Bypass

67

M

Kent

157

70

M25

   

157

70

M25

   

Greater Manchester

125

40

A34 Stockport

   

119

30

A6 Stockport

   

118

70

M60

   

115

50

A666

   

114

70

M62

   

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