A speeding motorist clocked one of the highest speeds recorded by police in the last year along one of the busiest roads in St Helens, it has been revealed.
Figures released by road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) show that a motorist was caught travelling at 108mph along the East Lancs Road – more than double the limit.
It was one of the worst speeding offences clocked by speed cameras across England and Wales between April 2013 and May 2014.
An even faster speed was clocked on the B5312 connecting Up Holland to Skelmersdale. A motorist was caught travelling at 106 mph along the road which has a limit of just 40mph.
The guidelines to magistrates on sentencing for speeding include:
* 70 mph road: For driving between 101 and 110 mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.
* 50 mph road: For driving between 76 and 85 mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.
* 30 mph road: For driving between 51 and 60mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.
The highest speed caught across the whole of the UK was on the M25 at Swanley where a motorist was clocked travelling at 149 mph.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “149 miles per hour 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.
“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.”
He added: “That’s why we need sustained campaigning by the government, motor industry and charities to keep ramming home the message that excessive speed kills.
“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.”