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A303 Tidworth Driver Caught Speeding at 121mph

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Local News | A303 Driver Caught Speeding at 121mph | Andover & VillagesMotorists are being reminded of the change in the maximum penalties in court for speeding after one driver was caught travelling at 121mph.

PC Will Ayres of the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit carried out speed checks on the A303 between Wylye and Mere during the evenings of 6 and 7 May.

During these times, 14 drivers were stopped and dealt with for speeds of 100mph or above.

The highest two speeds recorded were 115mph by a 21-year-old man from Cleckheaton and 121mph by a 26-year-old man from Tidworth. They have both been reported to court.

Various other drivers were stopped and dealt with at lower speeds.

Following this successful operation, PC Ayres was joined by PC Andy Lee, also of the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit on Sunday 14 May for another day of targeted speed checks on the A303 and a total of 30 drivers were stopped and dealt with for driving at inappropriate speeds. Of these 30, 14 were driving at 100mph or above. The highest recorded speed on this occasion was 116mph by a 57-year-old male motorcyclist from the Codford area.

PC Ayres said: “It’s really disappointing to see that, despite the strict new set of rules that came into force last month, drivers are continuing to drive at outrageous speeds on our roads – putting themselves and other road users in a huge amount of danger.

“Travelling at speeds vastly over the speed limit could cause a huge amount of devastation – as part of the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit, we see this kind of devastation too often on our roads. I’d encourage drivers to think about the consequences of their actions and please slow down.”

Since April, anyone caught travelling vastly over the speed limit – known as Band C offenders – could face fines up to 150 per cent of their weekly income compared to 100 per cent previously, as well as six penalty points on their driving licence or disqualification from driving for up to 56 days.

PC Ayres added: “We continue to proactively target speeding drivers in Wiltshire and those drivers who fail to abide by the law will be dealt with appropriately.”

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