Proof the Speed Cameras Are Still Needed
For those people who say that speed cameras are all about money-making, check out some of these examples of excessive speeding that the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has recently revealed using data supplied for England and Wales in 2014 following a Freedom of Information request.
The IAM asked each police force for the highest recorded incidences of speed caught on safety cameras in 2014, along with details of the location, the speed limit there and the top recorded speed in each case; and 36 of the police force area responded from the 41 that there are.
THE RESULTS ARE CONCERNING
Looking at the results, all of the forces that replied recorded at least one top speed over 110mph with the exception of the City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Northumbria, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.
The two worst speeders in Britain were caught out by police on the dreaded M25 doing 146mph: one travelling anti-clockwise at Junction 5 at Clacket Lane Services, with the other going clockwise at Swanley.
And it is also worrying that there were 3 other examples of excessive speeds of over 140mph with 145mph being recorded on the M6 toll road (which has a 70mph speed limit), 141mph on the A1 Great Ponton Northbound road (70mph limit) and 140mph on the A5 Crick Eastern Verge road (60mph limit).
But perhaps the most worst, and most astounding figure of all, was the 128mph that was recorded on London Road, East Grinstead. Taking into consideration that the speed limit on this road is just 30mph, this means that the driver was exceeding the limit threefold, by 98mph.
In Wales, their top speeder was a driver who recorded 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conway, which has a 60mph limit; and in London, top of their list was someone caught doing 123mph on a not-revealed 30mph road by the Metropolitan Police.
Nottinghamshire Police had a 120mph capture on the 50mph zone that is the A631 Beckingham Road, and Hampshire got a 1115mph on the 40mph road that was the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
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. 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.”
The foundation of the IAM’s belief is that an improvement in driving skills and attitude is key to reducing the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads, which is why they have advocated advanced driving and riding tuition and continuous development in skills to help achieve this for such a long time.
Along with this, the IAM also 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.
So, if you take anything away from this blog, make it that speed cameras are a necessary evil if you get caught speeding and a necessary road safety tool if you aren't. But to avoid them, just don't break the speed limit!