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Police reveal the worst cases of speeding violations in their area

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

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.

WORST LOCKDOWN SPEED CASES FOR EVERY POLICE FORCE
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
Hampshire Constabulary 101 70 31 A331 18:28
Cheshire Constabulary 95 70 25 M56 & M6 – 5 vehicles 5 vehicles
West Mercia Police 92 60 32 M5 J5-J6 05:07
Cumbria Constabulary 89 60 29 A590 Morning
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
Cleveland police 86 70 16 A19 16:25
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
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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

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

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

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

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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