The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has published the results of a freedom of information request to Police Scotland, which highlight the shocking speeds that some drivers achieve on the nation’s roads.
With data relating to the last 15 months, the request revealed the top 20 speeding offences recorded by the Scottish constabulary, with just one of these incidents taking place on the country’s motorways – the remainder were all seen on major A roads.
The fastest speed recorded by an offender was shown to be 139 mph on a 60 mph stretch of the A96 Keith to Huntly Road in Aberdeenshire, while other offences ranged from 114 mph to 129 mph.
All of the drivers caught travelling at these excessive speeds were recorded doing so either by fixed or mobile speed camera units. The motorists were dealt with accordingly.
Responding to the results, IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “These speeds show there are still drivers out there displaying contempt for the law and for the safety of their fellow road users.
“This is made doubly worse by the fact the vast majority of the incidents took place on A roads, therefore putting oncoming motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians at greater risk.”
Be aware of the penalties
It is a shocking indictment of the lack of respect for the safety of other road users and pedestrians that these latest results reveal, while individuals who break the law in this manner must be aware of the life-changing consequences that can be the result of their actions.
Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show that around 13 per cent of all accidents on the UK’s roads can be attributed to excessive speed; with this figure rising to 24 per cent for those incidents that result in either serious injury or death.
All drivers therefore need to be aware of their responsibilities every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle and they should take steps to stay within the legal speed limit at all times.
Failure to do so can result in serious injuries, but also the loss of the licence for the driver. The maximum fixed penalty notice for speeding in the UK now stands at £100 and three points. However, in cases where drivers are found to have considerably exceeded the speed limit, they could be prosecuted in court, leading to their licence being revoked for a single offence.
Tips to take it slow
RoSPA offers a range of recommendations to motorists keen to ensure they are not travelling too fast when taking to the roads, so here is a short breakdown of some of the most apt points.
Vehicle users can unintentionally break the speed limit if they are not fully paying attention, so it is therefore imperative all motorists learn to regularly glance at the speedometer – something you are taught to do when learning, but sadly some people fall out of this habit once taking to the roads on their own.
Meanwhile, remember that speed limits are a maximum allowed speed on any given stretch of road and should not be viewed as a target – drivers should always travel at a speed that is appropriate for the conditions on the day and at a speed they are comfortable with, as this will ensure they are fully in control of their car.
Furthermore, try not to go higher than third gear when driving in a 30 mph zone – as while this may not be as fuel-efficient as a higher gear, it will help to stop the vehicle from speeding up excessively.
Finally, give due care and attention to road signs and other street furnishings – be aware that the majority of built up areas will have a 30 mph limit, although with many 20 mph zones now being rolled out up and down the country, it is imperative drivers are always on the lookout for signs.