- Last year, UK police forces each recorded an average of 56,000 speeding offences – a 20% increase since 2013
- The Cheshire stretch of the M6 is Britain’s speeding hotspot, with 12,442 speeding offences recorded in 2015
- Cheshire Constabulary also hold the record for fastest driver caught in 2015, who hit 147mph on an A-road in Greater Manchester
British drivers are treating main roads like their own personal Silverstone circuits, according to recent research compiled by LV=
Since 2013, police forces across the UK have seen a huge increase in speeding offences – with each force recording an average of 56,080 speeding offences last year.
Some roads in Britain are notorious for speeding motorists, with thousands of people being snapped by roadside cameras or pulled over for exceeding the speed limit. In 2015, Cheshire Constabulary recorded 12,442 speeding offences alone on the M6 alone, making it Britain’s top speeding zone.
The UK’s top speeding hotspots 2015
12,442 speeders recorded by Cheshire Constabulary on the M6
12,330 speeders recorded by Kent Police on M25 Junction 5
11,760 speeders recorded by Merseyside Police on the Scotland Road, Liverpool
10,858 speeders recorded by Warwickshire Police on M6 Toll Road
10,338 speeders recorded by Avon and Somerset Police on A358
Not only is the number of offences on the rise – the speeds some drivers have clocked up in the last 12 months is more than twice the speed limit on a motorway! Last year, the top five fastest speed offenders were all driving in excess of 140mph when they were stopped by local police forces.
Surprisingly, speeding offenders aren’t exclusively younger drivers. The need for speed is still strong with drivers in their nineties; forces across Britain reported catching drivers over 95 years old breaking speed limits, with Britain’s oldest speeding offender in 2015 a 103-year-old motorist! This particular driver was recorded by North Wales Police doing 36mph in a 30mph zone.
In addition to the increase in recorded speeding offences, reports of government cuts to police funding have led British motorists to lose confidence in the safety of British roads. According to LV=’s research, nearly two thirds of adults (62%) fear that road safety will suffer due to reported funding cuts. These fears are highest in the North West (67%) and Scotland (66%).
Not only is this culture of speeding making roads more dangerous, it’s also having an effect on car insurance premiums. LV= discovered that drivers with a speeding conviction are 25% more likely to make a claim on their car insurance than those without, increasing to 53% for motorists with more than one speeding conviction.