Woman caught doing more than 100mph on the A11 yesterday told police she was in a rush to get to the beach
PUBLISHED: 12:48 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 10 April 2017
A woman caught doing more than 100mph with her children in the car told police she was in a rush to get to the beach.
The female driver was issued with a speeding ticket after traffic officers clocked her doing 110mph on the A11 on Sunday, April 9.
Afterwards, officers tweeted: “110mph on #A11 as you are in a rush to get to the beach with your children is not acceptable.”
She was one of a number of motorists stopped by casualty reduction officers, who were using a motorcycle, as well as marked and unmarked cars to patrol the roads which were busy because of the unseasonally mild weather.
They used social media to publicise some of the excuses which had been trotted out by those going too fast in the sunshine. One said: “Racing your friend at nearly 100mph past #RCRT [road casualty reduction team officers] was not the best start for two drivers today on #A47.”
Another tweeted: “Riding your motorcycle at 100mph on #A47 as you are angry a large fly had just hit your clean helmet visor is not acceptable,”
Meanwhile, another driver who had a more expensive weekend than he was bargaining for was the driver of an open-topped supercar, who didn’t realise officers were watching as he put it through its paces.
“0-60 in three seconds is impressive,” one said. “Taking your supercar home after receiving a #TOR [traffic offence report] for speed from #RCRT is probably not.”
Chief Insp Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing unit, said: “Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road. However, it doesn’t mean drivers should use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected.”
Last year, more than 2,000 drivers were caught by police across the country doing more than 100mph. The highest was clocked by officers travelling at 156mph - more than twice the limit - on the A1 in Cambridgeshire.
Those caught can expect up to six penalty points, a hefty fine and being banned from the roads for up to 120 days.