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Record breakers cause dismay

By: Dave Robbins
12 March 2015

Eyebrows were raised at recently released figures from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (AIM) showing the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across the UK.

It would appear that the county of Kent is country’s speed capital. Two motorists were caught travelling at 146mph on the M25. The information doesn’t state what time of the day this speed was achieved. Our experience of what was once dubbed the UK’s largest car park, has been that it’s hard enough maintaining 46mph during daylight hours.

Perhaps the most astounding (and deeply worrying) figure was the 128mph recorded on London Road, East Grinstead in a 30mph speed limit area. The worst speed in a 40mph limit area was 115mph on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, 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. 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.”

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