Lockdown speeders: Driver clocked at 151mph during lockdown

Published 02 June 2020

A total of twenty police forces in the UK caught speeding drivers in excess of 100mph during the coronavirus lockdown, according to data analysed by the RAC as part of a freedom of information (FOI) request - with the worst offender clocked at 151mph on the M62.

During the first three weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown a driver was caught doing 81mph over the speed limit on the M62 motorway in West Yorkshire. This was 11mph faster than the next fastest recorded driver - which was 140mph on the A14 in Suffolk.

Five forces – Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside –  caught motorists driving at speeds in excess of 130mph on the motorway. Three others – Police Scotland, The Met and Lancashire – recorded drivers at speeds over 120mph.

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A particularly dangerous incident was a driver captured doing 108mph in a 40mph limit on the M1. The only other force whose highest speed was in a 40mph limit was Bedfordshire – here the driver was clocked at 104mph on Airport Way in Luton.

The news follows a report of an accident - reported by Hants Road Policing - which required the use of five fire appliances, three ambulances and four police cars to attend the scene. The vehicle crashed into a tree on an unlit country road after three people, all from different households, went for a drive 30 miles from home. 

In the first three weeks of the coronavirus lockdown - 23 March to 13 April - produced 17,363 speeding offences in 30mph limits.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said: "Our NHS colleagues are already under extreme pressure – it is important, more than ever, that drivers do not add to this."

Check out the FOI results for your area below: 

 

Police Force

 

Highest recorded speed detected

 

Limit of road where recorded

 

Mph over speed limit

 

Stretch of road

West Yorkshire Police

 

151

 

70

 

81

 

M62

Suffolk Constabulary

 

140

 

70

 

70

 

A14

Northamptonshire Police

 

138

 

70

 

68

 

M1 J17-J16

Gwent Police

 

136

 

70

 

66

 

M4 J23a-J24

Staffordshire Police

 

135

 

70

 

65

 

Not provided

Kent Police

 

132

 

70

 

62

 

M20

Humberside Police

 

130

 

70

 

60

 

M60 J35

Police Scotland

 

128

 

70

 

58

 

A77 Southbound btwn Monkton & Sandyford

Metropolitan Police

 

125

 

70

 

55

 

M1 Gateway

Lancashire Constabulary

 

120

 

70

 

50

 

M6 J35-J33 & M65

Merseyside Police

 

115

 

70

 

45

 

M6 Southbound J24-23

North Wales Police

 

111

 

70

 

41

 

A55

Norfolk Constabulary

 

110

 

70

 

40

 

A11

Derbyshire Constabulary

 

108

 

40

 

68

 

M1 (N)

West Midlands Police

 

108

 

70

 

38

 

M5 J3-J4

South Wales Police

 

108

 

50

 

58

 

M4 - Port Talbot

Gloucestershire Constabulary

 

106

 

70

 

36

 

M5

Bedfordshire Constabulary

 

104

 

40

 

64

 

Airport Way Luton

Devon & Cornwall Police

 

101

 

70

 

31

 

A38 Haldon Hill

Hampshire Constabulary

 

101

 

70

 

31

 

A331

Cheshire Constabulary

 

95

 

70

 

25

 

M56 & M6 - 5 vehicles

West Mercia Police

 

92

 

60

 

32

 

M5 J5-J6

Cumbria Constabulary

 

89

 

60

 

29

 

A590

South Yorkshire Police

 

88

 

60

 

28

 

A616 (T) East past A629 Exit Barnsley

Dyfed-Powys Police

 

88

 

60

 

28

 

A483 - Belan

Cleveland Police

 

86

 

70

 

16

 

A19

Northumbria Police

 

86

 

70

 

16

 

A1 Felton by Pass

Dorset Police

 

73

 

50

 

23

 

A31 St Leonards

Leicestershire Police

 

58

 

50

 

8

 

A47 Uppingham Road, Billesdon

Durham Constabulary

 

44

 

30

 

14

 

Watling Street, Consett

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