A SPEEDING motorist was clocked doing 107mph in a 30 zone, according to the latest figures!
Freedom of Information data was obtained by Confused.com, the UK's first digital marketplace for car insurance, which found that 250,000 motorists were caught speeding in the region in 2019.
In total, nearly 2.5 million UK drivers were caught speeding last year, a 7% increase compared to 2018. As the data reveals the extent of speeding offences throughout last year, further research suggests that we could see another increase in 2020, despite the current lockdown conditions. Further research found that one in five UK drivers have seen or heard more cars speeding since being on lockdown.
According to the research, some motorists are confused about speeding laws, with one in four unsure if they can get away with driving 10% above the speed limit. To help clear up any confusion, Confused.com has teamed up with GoSafe to answer answer any questions in it's guide to speeding and the law.
Speeding offences across the North West have increased year-on-year, as data reveals one motorist was caught driving at 107mph in a 30mph zone.
Here are the top speeds that the forces clocked up in each speed zone last year:
- 62mph in a 20mph zone (Merseyside Police)
-107mph in a 30mph zone (Lancashire Police)
- 107mph in a 40mph zone (Merseyside Police)
-124mph in a 50mph zone (Lancashire Police)
- 133mph in a 60mph zone (Merseyside Police)
-131mph in a 70mph zone (Lancashire Police)
If a driver is caught speeding, they’ll be on the receiving end of a minimum £100 fine – an expense no doubt drivers could do without during this challenging time. Based on this minimum amount, drivers in the North West caught speeding last year would have paid an eye-watering £23million in speeding fines, collectively. However, in some cases, drivers can expect to be paying a significant amount more, suggesting this total could be a lot higher.
Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com, says: “At times like this, when there are fewer cars on the road, it might be tempting to take advantage. But, as our research shows, nearly half of speed cameras are always switched on – so you’re less likely to get away with it than you might think. Ultimately, speed limits are in place for a reason – to keep road users and pedestrians safe.
“With the way speeding fines are calculated, you might face far heftier fines than you realise, with the potential of paying up to 175% of your weekly income. However, it can be confusing to know exactly how much this could be. To see how much this could set you back, our speeding calculator works out the cost of a fine, while highlighting at what point you could be hit with a ban.”