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Dangerous speeders caught on East Lancs police cameras
TWO of Britain’s worst speeding cases were recorded on main roads in Blackburn and Copster Green leading to calls for ‘irresponsible and dangerous’ drivers’ cars to be crushed.
The list of 165 worst offences from 33 police forces around Britain was released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
A motorist on the M25 hit the highest speed clocked by a speed camera in England and Wales between April 2013 and May 2014 at 149 mph. But two of the highest speeds on restricted roads were in Lancashire.
A motorist was clocked at 97 mph, almost double the 50 limit, on the A6119 Yew Tree Road between Brownhill roundabout and Preston Old Road.
Another was caught at 94mph, more than double the 40 limit, on the A59 through Copster Green near the Bay Horse pub.
Last night’s disclosure follows a traffic camera near Asda on Princess Way in Burnley trapping 825 drivers breaking the 30 mph limit between July and September last year resulting in fines totally £22,000.
The highest speed in the county was 106mph in a 40 mph zone in Skelmersdale.
Although such drivers face fines and long bans, East Lancashire Road Safety campaigners Steve Johnson and David Foster called for tougher penalties.
Former Blackburn Fire station manager Mr Johnson, who now trains under-17s to drive safely in Accrington, said: “These speeds are irresponsible and dangerous. Drivers cannot respond at these speeds on these roads. It is potentially fatal to them and other road users. Repeat offenders should have their cars seized and crushed.”
Blackburn with Darwen LibDem councillor David Foster said: “These speeds are appalling.
“They could be lethal. Drivers breaking the limit so badly should have their vehicles seized and crushed as a lesson to them and others.” Lancashire Constabulary’s road policing manager Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said: “Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ areas we are focused on tackling.
“It’s simple, the higher the speed, the higher the risk and level of injury.”
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “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.”
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