Caught On Camera: UK’s Fastest Speeders Revealed

Burglar Ben Westwood tops the list after outrunning police at 180mph in this tuned Audi RS5

After a freedom of information request submitted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, it has been revealed that a driver on the M25 at Swanley holds the record for the highest speed clocked by a speed camera in England and Wales between April 2013 and May 2014.  The whopping 149mph figure was revealed following the request to 39 police authorities by the IAM but only 85% per cent of police authorities responded.

It still doesn’t quite come close to the highest ever recorded speed on UK roads of 180mph by a burglar escaping in a modified Audi RS5 coupe (above). To put that into perspective, the take off speed of a fully loaded Boeing 747 jet is 170mph!

Other findings from the request include:

  • The highest speed recorded on a 30mph road was 96mph on the B1288, on Leam Lane, Gateshead.
  • The highest speed recorded on a 50mph road was on the A414 Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire where a motorist clocked 119mph.
  • The highest speed recorded on a 60mph road was 127mph on the A413 Wendover By-Pass, Wendover.

The guidelines to magistrates on sentencing for speeding are:

  • 70 mph road: For driving between 101 and 110 mph.  Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.
  • 50 mph road: For driving between 76 and 85 mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.
  • 30 mph road: For driving between 51 and 60mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “149 miles per hour equates to nearly two and a half miles per minute.  If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re very unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you.” 127144639393

“Speed limits are a limit. They are not a target to beat. Unfortunately this message has not got through to many motorists and it’s clear that efforts to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink driving continue to fail. That’s why we need sustained campaigning by the government, motor industry and charities to keep ramming home the message that excessive speed kills. Catching speeders at two or even three times the limit also shows the importance of keeping speed cameras at well-known black spots.”

“The current guidelines on sentencing for excessive speeding offences are out of sync with modern roads, modern vehicles and society’s view of the value of lives lost in crashes. We all share the roads with these speeding drivers and the government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”

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