SOUTH Wales Police have clocked drivers reaching a high of 120mph according to latest research figures. With the most shocking speed being clocked at 90mph in a 30mph speed limit zone.

The figures were released as part of a study by road safety charity Brake to highlight the issue of excessive speeding.

Across the South Wales Police region, which covers Barry, people have been caught driving at speeds as high as 43mph in a 20mph zone, 90mph in a 30 zone, 97mph in a 40 zone, 111mph in a 50 zone, 95mph in a 60 zone and 120mph in a 70mph zone.

The data is revealed as Brake mark road safety week 2020 (November 16-22).

A survey of 2,000 drivers across the UK also showed that men were three times more likely to drive above 100mph than their female counterparts, with 28 per cent admitting it compared to just nine per cent of women.

14 per cent of drivers surveyed in Wales admitted driving above 100mph and 27 per cent admitted to being in a car, but not driving, when the car travelled above 100mph.


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. We want drivers to remember the daily disasters that are due to speed, think about the victims, slow down, and reduce road danger.

“It’s important to remember that sometimes driving under the speed limit can still be too fast, particularly on winding roads, roads with poor visibility, and roads where there could be people about on bicycles and on foot. The voices of the bereaved and injured help us all to understand that getting somewhere a few minutes earlier is never worth the risk.”

On average, there are 11 deaths or serious injuries every day on UK roads where speed is identified as a contributory factor to the crash – according to analysis by the charity of government data.

Drivers face a ban of up to eight weeks and a fine of 150 per cent of their weekly income if caught driving at more than 100mph on public roads. Brake highlights that if travelling at 100mph, the stopping distance would be around 182mph – the length of almost two football pitches – which makes stopping to avoid a crash almost impossible.