IAM highlights dangers of Wales’ worst speeders – with three topping 120mph and one at 136mph

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has discovered four people have been captured at speeds in excess of 120mph on roads in Wales in 2014 – with one being caught at 136mph.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has discovered four people have been captured at speeds in excess of 120mph on roads in Wales in 2014 – with one being caught at 136mph.

This is one of the worst cases of speeding caught on a safety camera in Great Britain in the past year.

The findings come as a result of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by the IAM.

The charity made the request to the four Welsh police forces, asking for details of their top five instances of excessive speeding captured on safety cameras on their roads in 2014.

Wales’ worst speeder was recorded by North Wales Police at 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conwy, which has a speed limit of 60mph – thus breaking the limit by 76mph.

The A5 also saw two further instances of 120mph-plus recorded; 122mph on the Ty Nant–Cerrigydrudion stretch in Conwy; and 121mph at Halton, Wrexham.

The final case of 120mph being exceeded in Wales was captured by South Wales Police: 125mph on the M4 between Junction 35 Pencoed and Junction 34 Miskin, where a 70mph limit is in force.

Last month the IAM discovered that nine people have been caught by safety cameras in Scotland exceeding 120mph last year, the worst of which was recorded at 129mph (reference 1).

And in February there were five recorded instances of 140mph being reached in England in 2014 (reference 2).

The IAM continues to press for an increase in visible policing as an active deterrent.

It has also advocated advanced driving and riding tuition, and continuous development in skills to help achieve a drop in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on UK roads (reference 3).

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “Those guilty of this level of excessive speeding are clearly not be deterred by a short ban or fine. Their minds need to be concentrated to appreciate that they are putting other road users at significant danger by acting in this way. It is crucial that drivers and riders receive continuous development.”

The list of top five excessive speeders in the four Welsh police areas are as follows:

Location - Speed/Limit/Difference

Dyfed Powys Police

A40 Bancyfelin By Pass Carmarthenshire - 109/70/39
A48 Nantycaws between Crosshands and Carmarthenshire - 106/70/36
A40 Bancyfelin By Pass Carmarthenshire - 105/70/35
A40 Bancyfelin By Pass Carmarthenshire - 104/70/34
A48 Nantycaws between Crosshands and Carmarthenshire - 102    /70/32

Gwent Police

A449 between Coldra and Kemeys     - 114/70/44
A449 between Coldra and Kemeys     - 110/70/40
A449 Llandenny - 109/70/39
A449 between Coldra and Kemeys     - 109/70/39
A449 between Coldra and Kemeys     - 103/70/33

North Wales Police

A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy - 136/60/76
A5 Ty Nant – Cerrigydrudion, Conwy - 122/60/62
A5 Halton, Wrexham - 121/60/61
A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy - 119/60/59
A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael, Conwy - 118/60/58

South Wales Police

M4 between J35 Pencoed and J34 Miskin - 125/70/55
A48 Stormy Down Westbound - 118/50/68
M4 between J33 Capel Llaniltern and J34 Miskin - 111/70/41
M4 between J33 Capel Llaniltern and J34 Miskin - 110/70/40
A48 Stormy Down Westbound - 110/50/60

ENDS

Reference 1: http://bit.ly/1xAPfTu

Reference 2: http://bit.ly/1MgWMjM

Reference 3: http://iam.org.uk/images/policy/manifesto/iam-manifesto.pdf

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

ENDS ALL

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