William Ray, a 23-year-old driver faced a driving disqualification and was identified as Britain’s worst speeding offender after being caught driving his Porsche Boxster at 149mph on the M25.
Mr. Ray was summonsed to court for failing to identify himself as the driver of the vehicle, appearing before magistrates in Sevenoaks, Kent.
He was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay £600 fine, £85 costs and a £65 victim surcharge.
Another reading of 146mph, the second fastest recorded was captured at the same location but police were unable to confirm the identity of the driver.
A driver was caught travelling at 96mph on a 30mph road in Gateshead, the largest proportional breach of any speed limit. The highest speed recorded on a 50mph road was 119mph while the fastest reading on a 60mph road was 127mph.
Sentencing guidelines for speeding offences in the magistrates are:
- six points or an eight-week disqualification for those driving between 101 and 110mph on a 70mph road;
- 76 to 85mph on a 50mph road;
- 51 to 60mph on a 30mph road.
Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists said, “149 miles per hour equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute and if anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you.”
He added that, “we all share the roads with these speeding drivers and the government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”