BMW drivers top speeding arrests

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 June 2017

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The number of drivers caught speeding at more than 100mph in Avon and Somerset nearly trebled this year – with one motorist arrested after being clocked at an astonishing 152mph.

Figures released by Avon and Somerset Constabulary under the Freedom of Information Act show 597 drivers faced sanctions for travelling in excess of 100mph on the area’s motorways and A-roads between April 2016 and March this year.

That compares to just 211 for the previous 12 months, and amounts to a rise of 182 per cent.

BMW drivers were overwhelmingly the worst culprits at the top end of the scale, too.

Some 50 out of the 61 drivers (83 per cent) recorded at more than 130mph were driving the high-end German motors.

This compares to eight Audis, two Volkswagens and one Mercedes.

Motorists caught driving at more than 100mph will automatically face court, and will only escape a mandatory driving ban in rare circumstances.


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