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Speeding drivers labelled ‘lunatics’

SNAP SHOT: The speed camera near Hall Road on Garstang Road, Fulwood

SNAP SHOT: The speed camera near Hall Road on Garstang Road, Fulwood

Community leaders today said they had been left “speechless” by alarming speeding figures uncovered by the Evening Post.

The fastest speed snapped by a camera was 126mph in the 30mph zone on Garstang Road, Fulwood.

The incident, which was recorded at 3.57am on May 29, 2011, was revealed as part of a Freedom of Information request, covering the last five years, to Lancashire Constabulary

Other excessive speeds include 108mph on a 30mph stretch of Blackpool Road near Larches Avenue, and 100mph in Southport New Road, Tarleton – double the limit.

College ward Coun Bobby Cartwright said: “I’m mortified to find this out. What lunatic goes on an A road at that speed? It’s frightening.”

Larches Coun Mark Yates, said he was “speechless” over the 100mph speed on Blackpool Road, recorded at 11.15pm on May 30, 2011.

He said: “I can’t believe it. Most people are well aware of the speed limit on Blackpool Road, and the fact that there are speed cameras. It’s reckless, even at that time of night. There are still people around after a night out, and there’s always other road users.

“There’s a lot of lights around there too, and I don’t think you’d be able to stop even if you saw they were on red from a long way away.”

Neil Greig, director of policy and research for the Insitute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “There are no roads in the whole of England that are designed for these kinds of speeds. Even motorways aren’t capable of being safe at speeds of 126mph. There are sight lines and curves. It’s dangerous driving, nothing less. Other road users won’t be expecting those kind of speeds. It’s suicidal.”

He added: “What’s even more stupid and more worrying is that it’s been done past a speed camera. I’m very pleased that they’ve been caught, but I’m shocked that they’ve paid no attention to it.

“Speed cameras are only installed in locations were there are already road safety and speed issues. Luckily these kinds of speeds are very unusual, and speed cameras usually work very well at slowing traffic down in key locations.”

Chief Insp Debbie Howard from Lancashire police, who is in charge of road policing, said the force is committed to making highways safer.

She said: “Making Lancashire’s roads safer is a priority for us and we are committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads by working with our partners and constantly bringing in new ideas and focusing on how we can make the biggest improvements in safety with the resources available.

“It is recognised that by reducing motorists’ average speed there is a clear link to a reduction in both the number and severity of road casualties.

“Most collisions in the county are linked to driver errors and behaviour and what we term the ‘Fatal Four’ which is speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving or driving under the influence of alcohol.”

The inspector added: “Lancashire Constabulary offers speed awareness courses for drivers stopped for speeding offences, plus driver alertness and a specific motorcycle course.

“Over the past 18 months three new nationally developed and accredited driver education courses have also been offered to Lancashire motorists as an alternative to prosecution for driving while using a mobile phone, negligent use of traffic conditions or pedestrian rights and failure to wear a seat belt.

“By offering these new educational courses, Lancashire Constabulary hopes to achieve a long-term change in driver behaviour and a subsequent reduction in road casualties. Over 25,000 people took part in them last year and we have received some excellent feedback.

“We have activity throughout the year that is dedicated to tackling these issues and we will continue to work with other agencies to educate road users about staying safe on the roads and enforce legislation.

“This includes educating thousands of children in cycling and pedestrian safety.”

HIGHEST SPEEDS RECORDED

1) 126mph (in 30mph) - A6 Garstang Road, south of Hall Road, Fulwood, May 29, 2011, 3.57am.

=2) 108mph (in 30mph) - A5085 Blackpool Road, near Larches Avenue, May 30, 2011, 11.15pm.

=2) 108mph (in 50mph) - M6 Motorway Roadworks at Delph Lane, Barnacre with Bonds, February 16, 2009, 2.34am

3) 100mph (in 50mph) - A565 Southport New Road, Tarleton, June 23, 2013, 4.15pm

4) 98mph (in 50mph) - M6 Motorway Roadworks at Delph Lane, Barnacre with Bonds, March 4, 2009, 4.58am

5) 96mph (in 50mph) - A565 Southport New Road, Tarleton, December 18, 2012, 9.19am

6) 94mph (in 40mph) - B5251 New Road/Coppull Road, Chorley, November 15, 2012, 1.27pm

7) 93mph (in 40mph) - B5251 New Road/Coppull Road, Chorley, June 18, 2012, 3.31am

8) 90mph (in 50mph) - A583 Kirkham Bypass near Freckleton Street, March 24 2012, 3.25pm

9) 87mph (in 40mph) - A6 Garstang Road near Whittingham Lane, Broughton, August 8 2010, 9.08am

=10) 85mph (in 30mph) - B6243 Lower Lane, Longridge, April 24, 2011

= 10) 85mph (in 30mph) - A59 Liverpool Road, Penwortham near Central Drive, November 21, 2009

11) 83mph (in 30mph) - Miller Road, Preston, December 12, 2008, 8.33pm

12) 81mph (in 40mph) - A6 Garstang Road near Whittingham Lane, Broughton, July 12, 2009, 11.11am

13) 81mph (in 40mph) - A6 Garstang Road near Barton Car Sales, October 13, 2009, 8.17am.

14) 80mph (in 30mph) - A59 New Hall Lane, near Tudor Avenue, Preston, July 26, 2013, 1.06pm.

15) 69mph (in 40mph) - A675 Higher Walton Road, east of Knot Lane, November 27, 2009, 00.05am

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