Two drivers ticketed for topping a ton minutes apart on the same stretch of A14 in Northamptonshire

Police frustration at warnings about 'fatal four' offences falling on deaf ears

By Kevin Nicholls
Monday, 26th October 2020, 8:18 am
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 8:24 am

Shocked cops ticketed two drivers topping 100mph in the space of a few minutes on the A14 in Northamptonshire.

Officers from the Road Crime Team pulled over a black VW Golf going more than 30mph over the limit — then clocked a silver BMW weaving through traffic even faster towards the M1.

Police released figures last week which showed nearly 8,000 speeding offences in Northamptonshire during September.

Enforcement cameras clocked on motorist at 137mph on the M1 and another doing 122mph on the A43 between Towcester and Silverstone.

Northamptonshire Police launched Operation Journey earlier this month, a road safety campaign targeting the 'fatal four' offences — speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and drink-driving..

The 'fatal four' are the biggest contributors to deaths and serious injuries on the roads.

Safer Roads Operations Manager, Matt O’Connell, said: “It’s always disappointing, despite all the campaigns and warnings about speeding, that so many drivers still choose to drive at excess or inappropriate speeds.

Traffic cops stopped this VW Golf on the A14 in Northamptonshire. Photo:@Northants_RTC

“We would urge motorists to think about their actions and drive at a speed suitable for the weather conditions and within the posted limit. We cannot be any clearer - speeding kills.

“It is one of the four biggest causation factors in collisions and driving even just a few miles per hour over the speed limit can have extreme consequences, leaving families devastated by the loss of loved ones.”

Those flouting the law have been reported for the offences and will be offered the opportunity to take an online education course if eligible, receive a fixed £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence, or if preferred, the option to go to court.

Last year in Northamptonshire, 42 people were killed and a further 347 seriously injured on the county’s road network - the highest number recorded in eight years – which is why reducing these numbers remains a Force policing priority.

.. and moments later clocked this vehicle at 120mph-plus on the same stretch of tarmac