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100mph drivers treated A38 ‘like a racetrack’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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A MOTORIST was clocked travelling at 109mph on a section of the A38 near Burton where the speed limit was recently lowered following a series of smashes.

Figures obtained by the Mail revealed the 10 highest speeds drivers were caught travelling at on the dual carriageway during the past 12 months - all of which were more than 100mph.

Eight of the 10 drivers were travelling at high speed on the stretch of road which passes Burton and was recently made a 60mph zone, meaning the motorist travelling at 109mph was approaching double what is now the limit.

Motoring firm the AA said the speeds were more suitable ‘to a racetrack’ and that the drivers’ recklessness had put lives at risk.

The speed limit on the section of the A38 was altered following numerous accidents, which also forced the closure of gaps in the central reservation between the two carriageways.

A spokesman for the AA said: “These drivers who have been driving at speeds far in excess of the limit are not only endangering their lives, but those of everyone else on the road.

“The speeds they have been clocked at are more suited to a racetrack than a public A road.

“Given that exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor in 12 per cent of fatal road accidents in 2012, those who have escaped with just a ban or points on their licence have been lucky the consequences of their actions were not more serious.”

Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of Burton Police, said the figures showed the new restrictions would have to be tightly enforced to ensure that drivers slow down.

Installing fixed camera sites on the stretch has been suggested if drivers do not slow down.

Insp Kerr said: “We have done a huge amount of work with Staffordshire County Council having been aware that the speed limit being exceeded previously had resulted in road accidents.

“At this point in time it would appear the extra safety measures have had the desired effect.

“We are now looking to work with road safety teams to enforce the 60mph limit in the area.”

Drivers were also clocked travelling at 106mph and 105mph, while four were logged doing 104mph.

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