More than 2,000 drivers caught at 100mph-plus on roads in England and Wales

Published Thu, 25/02/2016 - 09:52

New figures uncovered by BBC Radio 5 live have found that more than 2,000 (2,169) people in the UK were caught driving at more than 100mph in the year 2014/15. The fastest driver was caught in Cambridgeshire travelling at 156mph. 

The BBC obtained the figures after making a freedom of information request to all of the police forces in the UK. In total, 41 out of the 45 forces responded to the request and provided information. 

Speaking to a BBC Radio 5 live reporter the Head of Transport Psychology at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire, Dr Shaun Helman, highlighted the dangers of drivers travelling too fast. He said “We know people overestimate their driving ability… the real killer is the mismatch… between your skill level and the demands the task is placing on you.” 

Responding to today’s figures the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, said: “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.”