Covidiot! BMW driver clocked at 129mph on 60mph Rothwell road

And same speed camera catches motorbike doing 117mph despite pleas to take it easy

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 10:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 12:32 pm

A Covidiot driver was clocked at more than TWICE the speed limit in Northamptonshire on the first weekend after Boris Johnson begged the country to use "common sense" as he lifted some lockdown restrictions.

Speed cameras snapped a BMW at an eye-watering 129mph in a 60mph zone on the A6 near Rothwell.

And the same Safer Roads Unit crew caught a biker blasting along at 117mph.

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Superintendent Kevin Mulligan said: "We anticipated a rise in anti-social and inconsiderate use of the roads this weekend and had a number of fixed and mobile teams out engaging and where necessary enforcing.

"Quite a few motorists will have an unexpected surprise in a few days when the postman calls!

"There is no excuse to travel at this speed on a public road, save it for the track. It is reckless and a danger to other road users.

"Best case scenario: you lose your licence. Worse case scenario: you lose your life and maybe kill or seriously injure an innocent person!"

The BMW clocked at 129mph by speed cameras. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

These latest shocking incidents came just hours after a 72-year-old biker died in a smash on the A428 near Northampton when his Yamaha FZS 1000 was in collision with a Jaguar F-Pace on Friday afternoon (May 15).

The Prime Minister eased orders to make essential journeys only, allowing motorists to drive anywhere in England from last Wednesday.

Northamptonshire Police begged drivers to take it easy as they got back behind the wheel or in the saddle for the first time in nearly eight weeks.

Offenders caught doing 91mph and above in a 60 limit can face instant disqualification or six points on their licence, plus up to £1,000 fine.

A biker doing an eye-watering 117mph on the A6. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

Supt Mulligan added: "A UK-wide speeding enforcement campaign has been launched this week by the National Police Chiefs' Council and Northamptonshire Police will be front and centre of activity.

"We welcome motorists who use our roads but only if you are going to do so safely, responsibly and legally.

"The speed limit is in place for a reason and remember it is a limit NOT a target.

"We cannot and will not allow lives to be put at risk by such selfish behaviour."