Report: Nearly a fifth of UK drivers admit to driving over 100mph

According to a new survey, some 18% of UK drivers have admitted to exceeding 100mph.

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The road safety charity Brake polled 2,000 UK drivers on breaking the speed limit and found some alarming results.

This figure rises to 33% for 25-34 year olds.

Men are much more likely to break the 100mph barrier with 28% admitting to driving as fast. By contrast, only 9% of women were reported to hit 100mph.

  • The highest speed recorded in the survey was 180mph on a motorway in Nottinghamshire
  • The highest speed driven over the speed limit was 152mph in a 30mph zone in London.

According to Brake, excess speed is a contributory factor in one third of fatal road crashes.

Brake’s director of campaigns, Joshua Harris, said: “There is no excuse for breaking the speed limit and these figures highlight the grossly excessive speeds of some drivers who show complete disregard for the law and people’s safety.

“None of us should be put in danger by the high-risk behaviour of others when we’re getting about on roads, and that’s why, this Road Safety Week, we are asking everyone to join us in our call that there is no need to speed.

“Many drivers drift over limits by mistake but our research shows that a shockingly large number of drivers, particularly men, break speed limits excessively.

Brake are a road safety charity. You can read more about them here.

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