UK drivers amass over two million speeding offences in 2016

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Quickest speed recorded was 154mph

Drivers in the UK racked up over two million speeding offences in 2016, according to new figures.

Generated following a Freedom of Information request that looked into which constabularies in the UK are amassing the most speeding tickets, it was discovered that the total number of speed-related offences was 2,293,228.

The request, generated by Team Sport, found that Avon and Somerset was the constabulary that had recorded the highest number of speeding offences in 2016 – followed by Thames Valley and Greater Manchester in second and third respectively.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Reported road casualty statistics for 2015 show that 222 people lost their lives in accidents in which exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor, equating to 15 per cent of all road fatalities.
“While motorists understand that speed presents a massive danger our research among motorists shows there is a clear long-term trend towards increased levels of speeding both on 50mph/60mph country roads and in urban 20mph zones.
“Some forces like Avon and Somerset are also enforcing the national 70mph limit on smart motorways which may explain why they top the speeding offences table. As this is a relatively new course of action for police forces many motorists are no doubt being caught out by it.”

The top speed recorded was 154mph in West Mercia and Suffolk, followed up with 151mph in Nottinghamshire and 148mph in Avon and Somerset.

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