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Speeding Motorist Drove At 149mph On M25
Efforts to make speeding as unacceptable as drink driving are failing it has been warned, as new figures revealed some motorists are driving at up to 70mph over the limit.
The highest speed clocked on Britain's roads last year was 149mph (239kph) on the M25 in Kent.
Other police data released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), showed the highest speed recorded on a 30mph road was 96mph - three times the limit - in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
The top speed in a 60mph zone was 127 on a bypass in Buckinghamshire, while a motorist was clocked driving at 119mph in a 50 zone in Hertfordshire.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "A speed of 149mph equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute. If anything goes wrong at that speed, you're unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you."
He added: "Speed limits are a limit. They are not a target to beat. Unfortunately this message has not got through to many motorists and it's clear that efforts to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink-driving continue to fail.
"The current guidelines on sentencing for excessive speeding offences are out of sync with modern roads, modern vehicles and society's view of the value of lives lost in crashes."