NEW research from the road safety charity Brake highlights the issue of excessive speeding.

It comes after a survey revealed more than a quarter (28%) of male drivers have driven above 100mph.

To mark the start of Road Safety Week 2020, taking place between 16-22 November, Brake, in partnership with UK police forces, has published police data on the highest speeds over the limits in police force areas.

According to the data analysed by the charity, the highest excess speed recorded by Hampshire Police in 2019, was a driver travelling at 142mph in a 70mph zone.

The highest speed recorded in a Hampshire 30mph zone, was 88mph, and another motorist was caught speeding at 103mph in a 60mph zone.

A total of forty-four people were killed with a further 143 seriously injured in crashes on Britain’s roads in 2019 in which speeding was a contributory factor, Department for Transport figures show.

Brake analysis of Government data has found that, 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 by the police.

The charity states that while shocking, this figure is likely a vast underestimate of the impact of speed.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, 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."