Thousands of drivers caught going over 100mph

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Figures from 42 out of 45 police forces in the UK reveal that more than 2,000 motorists were caught speeding at more than 100mph in the last year.

The revelation comes as a result of a Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio 5 Live.

The highest speed recorded was more than twice the national limit, at 156mph on the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire. The BMW M4 Coupe driver, a footballer, was given a six-month driving ban and a fine of £1,400 for his offence.

The majority of the 2,169 traffic reports filed by UK police forces were for motorists in cars, however some of those caught travelling at more than 100mph were on motorbikes.

In its Freedom of Information request, the BBC asked for details for the 2014-15 financial year on the number of offences police recorded where a motorist was caught going over 100mph by either a speed camera or from an officer's speed radar.

The maximum speed, location and make and model of the vehicle involved in the offence were also asked to be supplied.

Greater Manchester, Kent and Thames Valley were the only forces that did not supply any information. Only part of the requested details was provided by some other forces.

After the BMW, the highest recorded speeds were 155mph by a Mercedes C200 on the M1 in Hertfordshire and 144mph by a Jaguar on the M4 in Gloucestershire.

The figures revealed 152 of the 2,169 drivers were recorded at a speed of 120mph or more, and 43 were caught doing speeds of at least 130mph.

Are you surprised by the amount of motorists caught driving over 100mph?

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