Shutdown speed has become an unwanted by-product of the government’s fight against coronavirus.
As the restrictions on who can and cannot drive have eased in recent weeks, roads are starting to return to their usual traffic levels – meaning less empty highways for heavy-handed drivers to exploit and break the law.
And there have been plenty of cases – some of them reaching illegal speeds that would blow your mind. These are the worst examples in England, Scotland and Wales, so you can see the most ridiculous case of speeding in your area during exit.
Speed Demons: The RAC asked police in England, Scotland and Wales to reveal the worst speeding offenses at the start of the cut. About 20 drivers caught driving more than 100 miles per hour in the first 3 weeks
All forces have been asked by RAC to provide information on the worst speeding violations they had seen in the first three weeks of closure from March 23.
About 20 police forces said their worst perpetrators had been captured at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The worst speeder in the first three weeks of the lockdown was caught in West Yorkshire driving the 151 mph on the M62 motorway – a shocking 81 mph over the speed limit.
This was 11 mph faster than the second fastest recorded on the A14 in Suffolk.
Five forces – Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside – all received motorists at over 130 mph on the highway and three others – Police Scotland, The Met and Lancashire – registered drivers at speeds above 120 mph.
However, the highest speed seen in the Derbyshire Constabulary area was of particular concern as it was caught on the M1 at a speed of 108 mph at a speed of 40 mph – a frightening 68 mph above the speed limit.
|Law enforcement||Highest recorded speed detected||Road limit where registered||Mph over speed limit||Piece away||Time of day|
|West Yorkshire Police||151||70||81||M62||21:55|
|Suffolk Constabulary||140||70||70||A14||Not provided|
|Northamptonshire Police||138||70||68||M1 J17-J16||21:11|
|Gwent police||136||70||66||M4 J23a-J24||Not provided|
|Staffordshire police||135||70||65||Not provided||Not provided|
|Kent Police||132||70||62||M20||16: 00-17: 00|
|Humberside Police||130||70||60||M60 J35||11:43|
|Police Scotland||128||70||58||A77 Southbound btwn Monkton & Sandyford||13:56|
|metropolitan police||125||70||55||M1 Gateway||Morning|
|Lancashire Constabulary||120||70||50||M6 J35-J33 & M65||05:30 & 21:30|
|Merseyside Police||115||70||45||M6 southbound J24-23||15:21|
|Police North Wales||111||70||41||A55||12:46|
|Norfolk Constabulary||110||70||40||A11||Not provided|
|Derbyshire Constabulary||108||40||68||M1 (N)||20:33|
|West Midlands Police||108||70||38||M5 J3-J4||Not provided|
|South Wales Police||108||50||58||M4 – Port Talbot||23:51|
|Gloucestershire Constabulary||106||70||36||M5||08:00 & 12:00|
|Bedfordshire Constabulary||104||40||64||Way Luton airport||10:02|
|Devon & Cornwall Police||101||70||31||A38 Haldon Hill||14: 00-18: 00|
|Cheshire Constabulary||95||70||25||M56 & M6 – 5 vehicles||5 vehicles|
|West Mercia Police||92||60||32||M5 J5-J6||05:07|
|South Yorkshire Police||88||60||28||A616 (T) East past A629 Exit Barnsley||Not provided|
|Police Dyfed-Powys||88||60||28||A483 – Belan||12:26 PM|
|Northumbria police||86||70||16||A1 Felton by Pass||Afternoon|
|Dorset Police||73||50||23||A31 St Leonards||10: 00-11: 00|
|Leicestershire Police||58||50||8||A47 Uppingham Road, Billesdon||09:07|
|Durham Constabulary||44||30||14||Watling Street, Consett||11:52|
|City of London Police||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER|
|Greater Manchester Police||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER|
|Thames Valley Police||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER|
|Avon and Somerset||]AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER|
|North Yorkshire police||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER||AFTER|
|Source: FOI issued to all police forces in England, Scotland and Wales. All are speeding violations between March 23 and April 13, 2020|
Of the 44 armed forces contacted, only 30 responded with figures. That suggests that there may be other cases of extreme speeds that have not been revealed by the police
The only other fastest speed force within a limit of 40 mph was Bedfordshire – here the driver was clocked at 104 mph on Airport Way in Luton.
Only three forces saw their worst speeding offenses occur within a 50 mph limit, with South Wales police registering by far the worst with a driver caught at 108 mph on the M4 at Port Talbot.
Four police officers recorded their worst speeding offenses within the 60 mph limits, with a driver in West Mercia breaking between junctions five and six at 92 mph on the M5.
Although only one force – Durham Constabulary – caught their fastest speeder within a limit of 30 mph (44 mph), nationally the first three weeks of coronavirus blockage still produced 17,363 speeding violations within 30 mph limits compared to 40,497 in the same period in 2019.
Of the 44 police services that RAC contacted through a request for freedom of information submitted in April, 14 did not respond.
That means there is potential for even more shocking lockdown speeding violations that have not yet been revealed by the police.
Many speeding offenses have been captured on camera and shared by forces on social media as part of an effort to deter drivers from putting their foot down during shutdown.
This includes footage of a driver registering himself and reaching an apoplectically declared speed of 320 km / h in an Audi RS6 Avant – a high-performance station wagon that costs around £ 90,000.
The video, which shows the male motorists driving with one hand while recording with a camera in his other hand, was filmed on the M23 in Sussex and shows the drivers shooting past other road users on the highway.
The incident is currently under investigation, but Sussex police have yet to confirm whether they have identified and prosecuted the perpetrator.
The RAXC said that so many cases of drivers reaching 3-digit speed are ‘really shocking’ because drivers can’t respond quickly enough to avoid accidents
Responding to the findings of his FOI request, Simon Williams, a road safety spokesman on road safety, said: “Some speeds police have caught drivers are really shocking.
“At such high speeds, there’s almost no time to react if something unexpected happens, such as a last-minute lane change or a vehicle that has to brake suddenly.
Obviously, some drivers have benefited from quieter roads to make others’ lives excessively fast at the worst possible time, but at the same time, it is encouraging that so many police forces, even during the blockage, which has resulted in them getting stuck, have taken measures. a strong message to other potential offenders.
While most of the fastest speeds were recorded on highways, some occurred on roads with much lower speed limits, which is an even bigger concern.
“The figures for speeding offenses on 30mph roads are particularly worrying because many more people are walking and cycling due to the closure.”
The RAC always urges drivers not to drive too fast, but warned that with some schools and nurseries in England opening their doors starting this week, there will be even more pedestrians on the road and therefore boundaries must be respected .
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