The number of speeding offences recorded by British police forces has gone up by 20% in just two years.
Figures show that 2015 was a bumper year for speeding offences, according to data obtained by LV= car insurance through Freedom of Information Act requests to Police forces across Britain.
Police forces recorded an average of 56,080 speeding offences each last year – a 20% rise on the average of 46,905 per force recorded in 2013. The average number of offences recorded by forces in 2014 was 52,028, meaning an 8% year-on-year rise in 2015 .
Cheshire Police recorded 12,442 speeding offences alone on the M6 in 2015, making it Britain’s top speeding zone. [See Table 1]
Table 1: Top speeding hotspots 2015 
|Rank||Road||Speeders Recorded||Police Force|
|1||M6||12,442|| Cheshire Constabulary
|2||M25 Junction 5||12,330|| Kent Police
|3|| Scotland Road, Liverpool
||11,760|| Merseyside Police
|4|| M6 Toll Road
||10,858|| Warwickshire Police
|5||A358||10,338|| Avon and Somerset Police
However, Cheshire Police caught Britain's fastest speed offender last year. They recorded a driver travelling 147mph on the A556 dual carriageway. [See Table 2]
Table 2: Fastest drivers caught by forces 2015 
||Thames Valley Police|
Forces across Britain reported catching drivers in their 90s breaking speed limits, but Britain's oldest speeding offender in 2015 was a 103-year-old driver. The motorist was recorded by North Wales Police doing 36mph in a 30mph zone. [See Table 3]
Table 3: Oldest drivers caught by forces in 2015 
|Rank||Age of Driver||Police Force|
|1||103||North Wales Police|
|4||97||Avon and Somerset Constabulary
|=5||96||Thames Valley Police
|=5||96|| Kent Police
Reported Government cuts to Police funding have had a significant impact on Brits' confidence with regard to road safety. Nearly two thirds of adults (62%) fear that road safety will suffer due to reported funding cuts, LV= research shows. These fears are highest in the North West (67%) and Scotland (66%) .
Over 1.2 million people attended speed awareness courses provided by National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) in 2015 . However, only six out of 10 (60%) speeders who attended an awareness course felt it changed their attitude towards speeding, while 24% said course content needed to change. Indeed, one in four motorists (23%) who took a course feel they are money-spinning activities .
LV= car insurance data shows that drivers with a speeding conviction are 25% more likely to make a claim on their car insurance than those without. That increases to 53% if you have more than one speeding conviction. With speed a key factor in road incidents, LV= is advising motorists to keep speed limits in mind when driving.
"Our data shows that speed is one of the major risk factors for the safety of motorists and these Police figures prove that it's rife across the UK. So many of the tragic accidents that happen on our roads are avoidable so we want to urge motorists to stick to speed limits for their own safety and the safety of others. Safe driving saves lives."
Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= car insurance