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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Motorcyclist caught speeding at record 127mph on bypass was banned for just two months

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A speed camera on the Wendover bypass clocked Britain’s fastest motorist on a 60mph road.

Data compiled by the Institute of Advanced Motorists from freedom of information requests to police show that the 127mph speed was the highest recorded between April 2013 and May 2014.

The motorcyclist, Joe Fletcher, 48, of Leighton Buzzard, was banned from driving for 56 days and fined £760.

The IAM has called for tougher penalties against excessive speeders.

Chief executive Simon Best said: “If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you.”

“Speed limits are a limit.

“They are not a target to beat.

“Unfortunately this message has not got through to many motorists and it’s clear that efforts to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink driving continue to fail.

“That’s why we need sustained campaigning by the government, motor industry and charities to keep ramming home the message that excessive speed kills.

“Catching speeders at two or even three times the limit also shows the importance of keeping speed cameras at well-known black spots.”

“The current guidelines on sentencing for excessive speeding offences are out of sync with modern roads, modern vehicles and society’s view of the value of lives lost in crashes.

“We all share the roads with these speeding drivers and the government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”

A motorist doing 149mph ion the M25 at Swanley holds the record for the highest speed clocked by a speed camera in England and Wales between April 2013 and May 2014. The highest speed recorded on 30mph road was 96mph on the B1288, on Leam Lane, Gateshead.

The highest speed recorded on a 50mph road was on the A414 Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire where a motorist clocked 119 mph.

 

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