Lockdown speeders caught up to 81mph over the limit

Lockdown speeders caught up to 81mph over the limit

Lockdown speeders caught up to 81mph over the limit

Police have revealed that during lockdown, motorists have been caught driving up to 81mph over the speed limit.

It has been reported that speeding drivers have been taking advantage of the quieter roads during lockdown to commit what police forces describe as some of the most outrageous driving offences they have seen.

Data obtained by the RAC shows that during the first three weeks of lockdown 20 individual forces caught drivers hitting more than 100mph on public roads.

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said:

“Some of the speeds police forces have caught drivers doing are truly shocking.

“At such high speeds there is virtually no time to react should anything unexpected happen in front such as a car changing lanes at the last second or a vehicle having to brake suddenly.

“Clearly, some drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads to speed excessively, putting the lives of others at risk at the worst possible time.

“But at the same time it’s encouraging that so many police forces have taken firm action even during the lockdown, which sends a strong message to other would-be offenders.”

One motorist in Yorkshire was caught driving at 151mph on the M62 – 81mph over the speed limit.

Humberside Police have also caught motorists driving at speeds in excess of 130mph on the motorway.

Williams added:

“While the most of highest speeds were recorded were on motorways, some occurred on roads with much lower speed limits, which is an even greater concern.

“The figures for speeding offences on 30mph roads are particularly worrying as far more people have been walking and cycling due to the lockdown.

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