Motorcycles caught smashing 100mph barrier in BBC report

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The BBC is reporting that more than 2,000 motorists were caught travelling at 100mph or more over the last 12 months.

A Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio 5 live found that 43 motorists were stopped going at speeds in excess of 130mph, one quarter of which were either BMW motorcycles or cars.

Three other motorcycles were caught clearing 130mph however they were some way short of the highest speed recorded by police in the UK in the last year.

In March 2015, a driver was clocked hitting 156mph – twice the national limit -on the A1 in Cambridgeshire.

The figure exceeds the top speed of 146mph that was recorded on the M25 on two separate occasions over the previous 12 months.

Where do the offences happen most

Greater Manchester, Kent and Thames Valley forces did not supply any of the requested details to the BBC, while some forces responded to only some of the requests for maximum speed, location, make and model of vehicle.

Cambridgeshire constabulary recorded 284 motorists going over 100mph, almost 120 more than Humberside with 166 and Avon and Somerset Constabulary with 164.

Outside of England, 146 motorists were stopped in Scotland while 82 were caught clearing 100mph in Northern Ireland.

Highest recorded motorcycle speeding offences

A rider in Scotland, travelling along the A702 in Peeblesshire, was recorded doing 166mph in 2009.

In 2003 a rider was caught and jailed after reaching an alleged 242mph.

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