A freedom of information request made by BBC Radio 5 has revealed that over 2000 people were caught speeding at over 100mph in 2014/15. 2169 people in total were caught driving at hugely dangerous speeds and the fastest driver caught was travelling at 156mph.
The figures were obtained by the BBC radio station putting their freedom of information request to all the police forces in the UK. 41 out of the UK’s 45 forces responded to the requested and handed over their figures.
Speeding is an extremely dangerous way to drive and the faster you drive, the harder it is to react to risks and stop when necessary. Speaking on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, their Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport commented: ‘Speed is a significant factor in fatal road accidents and extreme speed causes an even greater risk to road users. Speeding is an offence and officers will always seek to deal with it appropriately to prevent harm and change driver behaviour.
“It is the role of the police and partners to prevent excess speed through a range of enforcement and educational methods; we cannot control the market. Manufacturers are responsible for the design and marketing of high performance cars. Drivers are urged to drive responsibly and resist driving at extreme speeds; the impact of dangerous driving can be devastating.’
Speed is one of the main factors in many fatal road accidents and Think! assert that the risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than 30mph so the dangers are 100mph are very clear and it further shows why there is a need for speed limits on every type of road.
The minimum penalty if you are caught speeding is a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points on your licence. If you build up more than 12 penalty points within a period of three years, you are at risk of disqualification from driving.
Driving over the speed limit can result in serious road traffic accidents and speeds in excess of 100mph are so reckless that a fatality should an accident occur is highly likely. The risk to other road users is high as well as the risk to the driver and with over 2000 people known to have travelled at such speeds last year it will be interesting to see how the authorities choose to react.
Speed limits exist for a reason and they have been chosen to protect all road users.