UK drivers have been clocked at speeds of over 150mph on the country’s roads during lockdown. It seems the quieter roads have encouraged ‘lockdown speeding’, with twenty police forces reportedly catching many drivers breaking the 100mph mark.
The data has been analysed by motoring organisation the RAC, with the worst offender caught in West Yorkshire at a shocking speed of 151mph along a stretch of the M62 – over the double the legal speed allowed on British motorways.
It wasn’t just on the motorway that drivers were disregarding the speed limit. A motorist on the A10 in North London was clocked at 134mph in a 40mph speed limit areas – a terrifying 94mph above the legal limits.
Six police forces – The Met, Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside – all caught reckless drivers at speeds in excess of 130mph.
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Simon Williams, an RAC road safety spokesman, said: “Some of the speeds police forces have caught drivers doing are truly shocking. At such high speeds there is virtually no time to react should anything unexpected happen in front such as a car changing lanes at the last second or a vehicle having to brake suddenly.
“Clearly, some drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads to speed excessively putting the lives of others at risk at the worst possible time, but at the same time it’s encouraging that so many police forces have taken firm action even during the lockdown, which sends a strong message to other would-be offenders.
“While the most of highest speeds were recorded were on motorways, some occurred on roads with much lower speed limits, which is an even greater concern. The figures for speeding offences on 30mph roads are particularly worrying as far more people have been walking and cycling due to the lockdown.
“As some schools and nurseries in England begin to open their doors from this week there will be even more pedestrians on the roads so we urge every driver to obey the speed limit and keep all road users safe.”
The top ten speeding violations in lockdown
- West Yorkshire: 151mph
- Suffolk: 140mph
- Northamptonshire: 138mph
- Gwent: 136mph
- Staffordshire: 135mph
- Kent: 132mph
- Humberside: 130mph
- Scotland: 128mph
- London: 125mph
- Lancashire: 120mph