Monday, 15 September 2014

Worst speeder in Scotland clocked on an Aberdeenshire road… but was never caught! . . .


Worst speeder in Scotland clocked on an Aberdeenshire road… but was never caught!

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A motorcyclist who clocked 139mph on an Aberdeenshire road has never been punished – despite being Scotland’s worst offender in the last 15 months.

A mobile speed camera on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road picked up the biker on a 60mph stretch between Keith and Huntly, but because the licence plate number was not clear in the footage, no action was taken.

His speed was the highest recorded in Scotland, and third in the UK, over the last 15 months, according to figures from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Of the highest 20 speeding offences – clocked on either fixed or mobile speed camera – three were clocked at more than 120mph on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

A further three were caught at speeds of more than 100mph on the A9 Inverness to Perth road.

The figures were obtained by the IAM using freedom of information legislation.

The second highest offence – 129mph – was committed on the A90 at Waterston Road, Angus.

Another driver was caught going at 122mph on the A90 near Mill of Forest, Stonehaven, while in the north, cameras picked up a motorist driving at speeds of 115mph on a 60mph stretch of the A82 Inverness-Glasgow road at the White Corries in Glencoe.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research IAM, said action was often not taken against speeders for “a variety of reasons”.

He added: “The real issue for us is that most of these are on single carriage, 60mph roads.

“And in the north-east where there can be a tractor on the corner or some one can be turning right, the roads aren’t designed for these speeds.

“You don’t just drift over the limit to this extent. This is really high-speed driving of a selfish nature.”

Police said action would not be taken if there was issues with vehicle registrations, road markings or if a police report was not completed within a specified time period.

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