There’s speeding, then there’s speeding, as figures from Police Scotland obtained by a road safety charity via a Freedom of Information request reveal.
The top 20 worst speeders show a high disregard for speed limits between April 1st 2013 and June 30th, 2014. The fastest speed recorded was 139mph in a 60mph on the B9115 in Aberdeenshire, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Second place goes to somebody hitting 129mph in a 70mph on the Dundee to Aberdeen road at Warerston Road Angus, beating the 127mph recorded in a 70mph on the A9 Perth to Inverness Road.
Joint 20th place was 114mph, with one offence on the A74 in a 60mph zone and the other in a 70mph zone on the A1 – the latter caught by a mobile camera.
Speeding is speeding, admittedly, but it’s reassuring to know that nobody in the top 20 broke the limit in anything less than a 60mph zone.
Institute of Advanced Motorists chief executive Simon Best commented: “These speeds show there are still drivers out there displaying a 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.”
The worst speeder in the UK was from England and Wales, clocking a speed of 149mph on the M25 at Swanley between April 2013 and May 2014. Another speeder who clocked 146mph on the same road was also caught red-handed by Kent Police.
As a wise person might say: “Better late on earth than early in heaven.” Save the speeding for the track, people. Or risk a nice fine and points on your licence.