‘In Anna and Oscar’s memory, please slow down’ Young men are three times more likely to drive over 100mph

One in four men admit having driven over 100mph, compared with only one in 11 (nine per cent) of women, according to a survey of more than 2,000 UK drivers by road safety charity Brake.

Motorists who are caught gunning it on public roads face a driving ban of up to eight weeks, and fined 150 per cent of their weekly income, something the charity welcomes.

Speeding or driving too slowly contributes to 11 deaths a day in the UK, according to government figures.

At 100mph stopping distances are around 182 metres, nearly two football pitches, making a crash “practically impossible” to avoid.

Caroline Kirsopp, who lost her daughter and unborn grandson in a road crash on her 60th birthday two years ago, says it doesn’t matter how good a driver you think you are, “speeding kills”.

Her daughter Anne was driving to her final antenatal appointment when she was hit by a car travelling at more than 100mph.

Both Anna and her unborn baby, who would have been called Oscar, died at the scene, leaving behind her two-year-old son Henry.

Ms Kirsopp said: “Our lives are empty without Anna.

“Anna’s life was cut short, Oscar didn’t even have the chance to live, Henry will live a life without his mother and brother.

“I go about my life, looking as I always did; but inside I am broken.

“I am supporting Road Safety Week to try to make a difference in Anna and Oscar’s memory.

“It doesn’t matter if you think you are an experienced driver or not. Speeding kills.

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“In Anna and Oscar’s memory, please slow down.”

The report, which marks the start of Road Safety Week starting on 16 November, also contains data on the highest speeds recorded by police over the last year.

A driver captured at 152mph in a 30mph zone in London, was the highest speed excess.

While the overall top speed was recorded in Nottinghamshire, where a driver travelling at 180mph in a 70mph zone was recorded.

Brake’s campaigns director 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.”

Three of the top speeds by limit zone were recorded in London, including 100mph in a 20mph zone, 152mph in a 30mph zone and 134mph in a 40mph zone.

Other highest speeds were in Humberside, West Mercia and Nottinghamshire where a driver was captured at 133mph in a 50mph zone, 158mph in a 60mph zone and 180mph in a 70mph zone, respectively.

Nearly one in five UK drivers (18 per cent) admitted to speeding at more than 100mph on a public road, the charity found.

While one in three (32 per cent) said they had been in a 100mph-vehicle, either as the driver or a passenger.

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Roads Minister, Baroness Charlotte Vere, said: “Speeding is illegal, reckless and puts people’s lives at unnecessary risk.

“For this reason, there are tough penalties and strict enforcement measures in place for those who disobey the law.

“We’re working hard to change attitudes that lead to speeding, including through our THINK! campaign which targets young men.

“The stories of families who have lost loved ones are absolutely heart-breaking.

“So please always remember there is no need to speed.”

Speed demons were most likely to be male and between 25 to 34-year-old, the charity found.

One in three (33 per cent) 25 to 34-year-old admitted to going over 100mph on a public road, as well as 28 per cent of men.

Mr Harris said: “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 all drivers to remember the daily disasters that are due to speed, think about the victims, slow down, and reduce road danger.”

“The voices of the bereaved and injured help us all to understand that getting somewhere a few minutes earlier is never worth the risk.”

Laura Lloyd, her husband Richard and their friend Chris were left with severe injuries after a car which was being pursued by police rounded a corner on the wrong side of the road and crashed into the at 70mph.

Ms Lloyd broke multiple bones, punctured both her lungs, and suffered damage to her liver, bowel and spine.

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Ms Lloyd, who still suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) said:” I am extremely lucky that, after 12 months of physio, I am able to walk and live a fairly normal day to day life.

“However, as someone who was incredibly fit and active beforehand, I will never get back to where I was.

“I am extremely anxious in the car now and have only very recently started driving any distances myself.

“It seems like the roads have become personal race-tracks for some people.

“More people need to understand that what they are driving is essentially a lethal weapon and one split second mistake can kill someone.”