2,169 UK drivers break 100mph barrier

A motorist caught driving a 108mph began his defence by telling police officers, ‘I was only doing 100mph’.

Police officers on a routine patrol at the flyover in Cambourne last Tuesday say they heard the BMW 640 sport before they saw it on the A428 near Cambridge.

The officers managed to catch up the vehicle and the driver admitted he knew he was doing more than 100mph as his 100mph speed warning went off.

A police spokeswoman said, ‘Driving at this speed is completely unacceptable. Some drivers fail to accept that excessive and inappropriate speeding is one of the contributions to avoidable collisions that often result in death or serious injury.

‘It’s simple, the faster you drive the less time you have to react and you are putting not only your life at risk but also the lives of others. Thankfully we caught this driver before anything serious happened – it could quite easily have been a very different story.’

Cambridgeshire police stopped 284 drivers doing more than 100mph last year, that is more than any other force in the country. Cambridgeshire was followed by Humberside Police with 166 and Avon and Somerset Constabulary with 164 drivers exceeding 100mph.

Countrywide, 2,169 drivers were caught travelling at more than 100mph last year.