UK’s speeding hotspots -the most active cameras and worst offences revealed

UK’s speeding hotspots -the most active cameras and worst offences revealed
UK’s speeding hotspots -the most active cameras and worst offences revealed

The UK’s speeding hotspots and the locations of the country’s most active speed cameras have been revealed by new research.

A freedom of information request to forces across the UK has uncovered where drivers are most likely to be caught and fined as well as revealing the shocking excess speeds of some drivers.

The data shows that the worst offender caught between January 2016 and May 2018 was a driver in Merseyside, who was recorded doing 98mph above the posted speed limit – 148mph in a 50mph zone.

In terms of outright speed, one driver in Gloucestershire was charged with hitting 167mph in a 70mph zone.

Read more: How to challenge a speeding fine

Double trouble

The research, which allows users to view the data for their local force, was carried out by comparison site GoCompare. It found that Avon and Somerset police recorded by far the most speeding offences – more than twice the next closest force.

Top ten regions for speeding offences

  1. Avon & Somerset – 386,969 recorded offences
  2. Bedfordshire Police – 143,052
  3. West Mercia Police – 143,039
  4. South Wales Police – 135,315
  5. Cheshire – 112,540
  6. Hertfordshire – 109,854
  7. Kent Police – 107,494
  8. North Wales Police – 105,295
  9. Merseyside Police – 104,621
  10. Devon & Cornwall – 102,508

In total it recorded 386,969 speeding offences between 2016 and 2018, with Bedfordshire Police reporting the second highest number of offences at 143,052 and West Mercia reporting 143,039.

At the opposite end of the scale, Cleveland Police recorded just 5,754 offences over the same period.

Speed cameras

In keeping with Avon and Somerset recording the highest number of offences, the force also had eight of the ten most active speed cameras in the country.

The camera on the M32 at the Severn Beach bridge has caught 22,350 speeders this year, closely followed by one on the westbound M4 between junctions 19 and 20, which recorded 21,009 offences in 2016.

Outside the region, two cameras in Bedfordshire – on the M1 and A1081 complete the list of ten most active speed cameras.

You can find out the most active speed cameras in your area here.

Ten most active speed cameras

  1. Avon and Somerset, M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound, 2018 – 22,350 recorded offences
  2. Avon and Somerset, M4, J19-20 Westbound, 2016 – 21,009
  3. Avon and Somerset, M4, J20-19 Eastbound, 2016 – 19,137
  4. Avon and Somerset, M5, J16-17 Southbound, 2017 – 19,088
  5. Avon and Somerset, M5, J17-16 Northbound, 2016 – 17,082
  6. Avon and Somerset, M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound, 2017 – 12,980
  7. Avon and Somerset, M5, J17-16 Northbound, 2017 – 12,176
  8. Avon and Somerset, M4, J20-19 Eastbound, 2017 – 10,833
  9. Bedfordshire Police, M1 Motorway, 2016 – 10,339
  10. Bedfordshire Police, A1081 Airport Way, South West bound, 2017 -10,024

Fast and Furious

The data also examined the offences committed, looking at the actual top speeds recorded and how far above the local speed limit they were.

As well as the drivers in Merseyside and Gloucestershire it revealed one reckless motorist who hit 113mph in a 30mph zone and another recorded driving at 137mph in a 40mph area.

Ten highest recorded speeding offences

  1. Merseyside Police, 2017 – limit: 50mph, speed recorded: 148mph
  2. Gloucestershire, 2017 – limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 167mph
  3. Hertfordshire, 2017 – limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 137mph
  4. Hertfordshire, 2016 – limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 132mph
  5. Avon and Somerset, 2018 – limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 162mph
  6. West Mercia, 2017 – limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 124mph
  7. Suffolk, 2016 – limit: 30mph, speed recorded: 113mph
  8. Hertfordshire, 2018 – limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 123mph
  9. Kent Police, 2018 – limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 152mph
  10. South Yorkshire, 2017 – limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 151mph

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