Beckingham: Motorist caught doing 120mph in a 50mph zone as police reveal worst speeding offences

A driver clocked up a staggering 120mph in a 50mph zone in Beckingham - the highest speed recorded in a 50mph zone in the whole country last year.
The A631 at Beckingham, near Gainsborough.The A631 at Beckingham, near Gainsborough.
The A631 at Beckingham, near Gainsborough.

The figures come from road safety campaign group, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which asked police forces for the highest recorded incidences of speed caught on safety cameras in 2014, including locations, speed limits and top speed in each case.

In Notts, the worst offenders included a car recorded at 120mph on the A631, in Beckingham, an incredible 70mph over the limit.

This was the highest speed recorded on a 50mph-limit road anywhere in the country last year.

And another camera on the A631 clocked a car doing 113mph.

Notts Police also recorded a driver doing 110mph through a 50mph-limited stretch of the M1 southbound, another doing 104mph on the A6097 and 99mph on the A1.

Of the 41 police force areas the IAM requested the information from, 36 of them responded.

All forces recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “It is disheartening to say the least that some road users are showing such disregard for the safety of all other road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers.”

She added that at very high speeds it is impossible to react to things happening in front of the vehicle.

She said: “It is also impossible to handle corners, gradients, street furniture and junctions with any effectiveness.”

“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.”

The IAM’s fundamental belief is that an improvement in driving skills and attitude is the key to reducing the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads.

The institute supports the use of safety camera systems at collision hot spots, on roads with a speed related crash record and at areas of proven risk, such as motorway road works.