UK’s worst speeding offences revealed

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The UK’s worst speeding offences caught on camera have been revealed with two motorists clocked at 146mph on the M25.

According to figures released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the two motorists were both caught doing more than double the motorway speed limit by Kent Police.

However these were not the only instances of motorists doubling the national limits.

In total the 140mph barrier was broken three more times but perhaps the most astounding speeding offence was recorded on London Road in East Grinstead, Sussex.

Here, a motorist was clocked at 128mph on a 30mph road – almost 100mph and four times the road’s speed limit.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive, said: “At speeds of 140mph an individual is travelling at nearly two-and-a-half miles a minute. At that speed it is simply impossible to react to anything that might happen in front of you.

“In short, all these individuals are playing with their own lives and others – they are all accidents waiting to happen and it requires a major shift in the attitudes of these people to think about safety.”

And IAM is advising riders and motorists alike to take advanced riding and driving courses to help improve the skill and attitude of motorists.

In addition, the road safety charity also voiced its support for safety cameras ‘at collision hotspots, on roads with speed related crash records and in areas of proven risk.’

While the speeds recorded by these motorists are well above what they should be, drivers aren’t the only vehicles to flout UK traffic laws.

In 2009 a Scottish rider was caught doing 166mph on the A702 in Peeblesshire.

In America in 2003 a rider was allegedly caught and jailed by police after reaching an astonishing 242mph.