2 million-plus speeding tickets for UK drivers in 2016

2 million-plus speeding tickets for UK drivers in 2016
More than two and a quarter million speeding tickets were issued by UK police last year, with speeds exceeding 150mph recorded.

A Freedom of Information request made by indoor go-kart firm Team Sport gathered figures from British constabularies, with a total 2,293,228 speed-related offences uncovered in 2016.

The most tickets were handed out by police in Avon and Somerset, although as the RAC points out this could be a result of enforcement of the national speed limit on smart motorways in the region.

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Every police force averaged more than 65,000 speeding offences in 2016. Fines from the top 10 forces totalled more than £17 million.

Officers in West Mercia and Suffolk recorded an alarming top speed of 154mph, closely flowed by 151mph in Nottinghamshire, and 148mph in Avon and Somerset – all of which are more than double the national speed limit.

Constabularies in Thames Valley – which features large portions of the M25, M40 and M4 – and Greater Manchester, recorded the second and third highest number of speeding offences respectively.

And the problems don’t seem to be contained to faster roads. Government research revealed last month that as many as 8 out of 10 drivers knowingly ‘ignore’ 20mph speed zones.

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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.”

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “No one drives at twice the speed limit by mistake.

“This is selfish and criminal behaviour that puts everyone at needless risk on the roads.”

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