Speeding driver caught doing 85mph - outside a school

The Bolton News: Speeding driver caught doing 85mph - outside a school Speeding driver caught doing 85mph - outside a school

A SPEEDING driver was clocked travelling at 85mph in a 30mph zone outside a school.

Other motorists were caught driving at 103mph in a 50mph zone and travelling at speeds of up to 109mph on the M61 motorway.

The Bolton News obtained the figures from Greater Manchester Police using the Freedom of Information Act.

We asked the police to reveal the top speed recorded by speed cameras anywhere in Bolton in each of the past five years.

In 2009, a driver was clocked travelling at 85mph in a 30mph zone outside Bolton School in Chorley New Road.

Since 2000 two people have died following crashes near the junction.

In 2010, a motorist was snapped driving at 92mph in a 50mph in St Peter’s Way near Raikes Lane and, in 2011, another driver travelling in the same location topped that — reaching a speed of 103mph.

The worst offender of 2012 drove at the same spot at 89mph while the top speed last year was when a police car parked on a bridge at Kearsley roundabout snapped one reckless motorist going 109mph on the southbound M61 last year.

Driving experts have dubbed the figures “shocking” as they also revealed five drivers were caught going at least 39mph over the speed limit.


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Hugh German, of Bolton and District Advanced Motorists, said: “These figures are shocking. These people are putting their lives at risk, and the lives of others.

“What these figures do not tell us is what time of day the offences took place, what the weather was like, how busy it was or whether they got caught.

“But when you look at these speeds, I would argue all five drivers deserved a road ban.”

Last July two “racing” drivers sped at up to 80mph in St Helens Road, Daubhill, before they crashed and left a 12-year-old boy with “life-changing” injuries.

The crash, not included in the figures, left 11 people injured in total.

Mohammed Patel, aged 20, and Furqaan Mohmed, aged 21, both admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Patel also admitted perverting the course of justice, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He was jailed three years and 10 months in a young offenders institution, while Mohmed was jailed for two years and eight months.

Both drivers were banned from driving for four years.

Young victim Raheem Hussain suffered a serious brain injury and doctors initially feared they would have to amputate his right leg after the accident.

The 12-year-old had to be kept in a medically-induced coma for three weeks and could only be discharged from hospital two months after the crash.

In Bury in the past five years, four of the five most serious speeding incidents happened on the same 30mph stretch of Bolton Road in the early hours.

In 2011, the camera snapped a motorist travelling at 91mph and, in 2012, the same camera caught a vehicle moving at 71mph.

Last year, the camera recorded a vehicle travelling at 75mph.

In 2010, a car was snapped moving at 84mph.in another 30mpg zone in Ainsworth Road, Bury.

Mr German said: “Our driver advanced driving courses guarantee cheaper insurance rates to those who pass.

“We encourage people to drive responsibly and confidently, to observe the road and to make the right decisions.”

The next course will be held on April 30 at Lostock Parish Centre in Tempest Road, Lostock. Call 0161 797 1084 or visit boltoniam.org.uk for details.

A police spokesman said: “Over the past 18 months, three new nationally developed and accredited driver education courses have also been offered to motorists as an alternative to prosecution for some driving offences.

“We hope the courses will achieve a long-term change in driver behaviour and subsequent reduction in road casualties. ”

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6:20am Tue 22 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

some people think they can flout the Law at will and yet call on its protection at the slightest hint of 'tort'. We might not agree with all 'rules' but they are there for a reason and we cannot choose what we do and do not adhere to - right down from 'thou shalt not commit murder' to 'please do not walk on the grass'. And this applies to all 61 million plus residents of this fair island. Humans, being what they are, will always look for ways of bending rules to suit themselves - but blatant disregard should always be punished suitably.
some people think they can flout the Law at will and yet call on its protection at the slightest hint of 'tort'. We might not agree with all 'rules' but they are there for a reason and we cannot choose what we do and do not adhere to - right down from 'thou shalt not commit murder' to 'please do not walk on the grass'. And this applies to all 61 million plus residents of this fair island. Humans, being what they are, will always look for ways of bending rules to suit themselves - but blatant disregard should always be punished suitably. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 30

9:13am Tue 22 Apr 14

stereo_world says...

85mph in a school zone equates to someone swinging a machete around wildly in a crowd of people. He might say he's not out to hit anyone, but it's stupidly dangerous.
85mph in a school zone equates to someone swinging a machete around wildly in a crowd of people. He might say he's not out to hit anyone, but it's stupidly dangerous. stereo_world
  • Score: 31

11:40am Tue 22 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
some people think they can flout the Law at will and yet call on its protection at the slightest hint of 'tort'. We might not agree with all 'rules' but they are there for a reason and we cannot choose what we do and do not adhere to - right down from 'thou shalt not commit murder' to 'please do not walk on the grass'. And this applies to all 61 million plus residents of this fair island. Humans, being what they are, will always look for ways of bending rules to suit themselves - but blatant disregard should always be punished suitably.
Rules are in place to protect the intelligent from the vast majority who are not. When the latter go about their daily lives they find it difficult to make sensible decisions which do not put them or others in harms way. If the world was ridded of the stupid ones we would not need rules, unfortunately this is highly unlikely so I along with the other 10% of intelligent people have to cope with reading signs, symbols and other means of controlling the stupid ones informing us what we instinctively already know...
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: some people think they can flout the Law at will and yet call on its protection at the slightest hint of 'tort'. We might not agree with all 'rules' but they are there for a reason and we cannot choose what we do and do not adhere to - right down from 'thou shalt not commit murder' to 'please do not walk on the grass'. And this applies to all 61 million plus residents of this fair island. Humans, being what they are, will always look for ways of bending rules to suit themselves - but blatant disregard should always be punished suitably.[/p][/quote]Rules are in place to protect the intelligent from the vast majority who are not. When the latter go about their daily lives they find it difficult to make sensible decisions which do not put them or others in harms way. If the world was ridded of the stupid ones we would not need rules, unfortunately this is highly unlikely so I along with the other 10% of intelligent people have to cope with reading signs, symbols and other means of controlling the stupid ones informing us what we instinctively already know... Comment777
  • Score: 8

11:47am Tue 22 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

Nice free advert for the institute of advanced motorists yet again.What formal qualifications do these people have?
Nice free advert for the institute of advanced motorists yet again.What formal qualifications do these people have? Donkey Stone
  • Score: -7

11:59am Tue 22 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

stereo_world wrote:
85mph in a school zone equates to someone swinging a machete around wildly in a crowd of people. He might say he's not out to hit anyone, but it's stupidly dangerous.
There is of course absolutely no excuse for anyone to be driving at 85 mph in a 30 mph zone, however, we do once again find the BN opting for the sensationalist headline 'outside a school (shock, horror)' suggesting that the incident took place at 3:30 in the afternoon whereas in all likelihood to have taken place at around 3:30 in the morning.
[quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: 85mph in a school zone equates to someone swinging a machete around wildly in a crowd of people. He might say he's not out to hit anyone, but it's stupidly dangerous.[/p][/quote]There is of course absolutely no excuse for anyone to be driving at 85 mph in a 30 mph zone, however, we do once again find the BN opting for the sensationalist headline 'outside a school (shock, horror)' suggesting that the incident took place at 3:30 in the afternoon whereas in all likelihood to have taken place at around 3:30 in the morning. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 11

12:28pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

These people will drive even if they are banned.
These people will drive even if they are banned. Jim271
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Also the photo that goes with this report is nowhere in Bolton!
Also the photo that goes with this report is nowhere in Bolton! The Righteous One
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LordLeverhulme says...

The headline should be changed to:
"Speeding Driver caught doing 85mph - outside a school - in the middle of the night - 5 years ago"
The headline should be changed to: "Speeding Driver caught doing 85mph - outside a school - in the middle of the night - 5 years ago" LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 11

2:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

I wouldn't for the life of me condone speeding drivers, however, how many of those excessively speeding lived just around the corner?. How many speed elsewhere, only observe the speed limit when it comes to their estate?

It's a pity there isn't a local race track that people can go to and get the 'speeding bug' out of their system.

I'm sure though we will have the push bike brigade on soon. There's bound to be a letter from one of that persuasion soon.
I wouldn't for the life of me condone speeding drivers, however, how many of those excessively speeding lived just around the corner?. How many speed elsewhere, only observe the speed limit when it comes to their estate? It's a pity there isn't a local race track that people can go to and get the 'speeding bug' out of their system. I'm sure though we will have the push bike brigade on soon. There's bound to be a letter from one of that persuasion soon. Ernagy2
  • Score: -2

2:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tillyflop53 says...

Take their licences and crush their cars. these kind of drivers have no regard for anyone but themselves and as such are very dangerous . they should be kept off the road forever
Take their licences and crush their cars. these kind of drivers have no regard for anyone but themselves and as such are very dangerous . they should be kept off the road forever tillyflop53
  • Score: 12

3:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

previn says...

Police need to be seen clamping down on these offenders
So many are getting away with all types of traffic offences including
The use of mobile phone while driving
you rarely see traffic policing doing their duties especially around
Deane and Derby area.So many cars are regularly parked in around the bus
Lanes and speeding cars showing off keeping the local residents awake.
Not everyone is a law abiding citizens therefore if the police did a little to deter
the offenders we might see a little less violation of traffic offences..
Police need to be seen clamping down on these offenders So many are getting away with all types of traffic offences including The use of mobile phone while driving you rarely see traffic policing doing their duties especially around Deane and Derby area.So many cars are regularly parked in around the bus Lanes and speeding cars showing off keeping the local residents awake. Not everyone is a law abiding citizens therefore if the police did a little to deter the offenders we might see a little less violation of traffic offences.. previn
  • Score: 8

4:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

previn wrote:
Police need to be seen clamping down on these offenders
So many are getting away with all types of traffic offences including
The use of mobile phone while driving
you rarely see traffic policing doing their duties especially around
Deane and Derby area.So many cars are regularly parked in around the bus
Lanes and speeding cars showing off keeping the local residents awake.
Not everyone is a law abiding citizens therefore if the police did a little to deter
the offenders we might see a little less violation of traffic offences..
You have to becareful as in the evening those bus lanes are not bus lanes and just normal road lanes!

the bus lanes are only operational between 6am and 10am and between 4pm and 7pm all other times they are just the inside lanes of the road and as such where there are no parking spaces people can park in them!
[quote][p][bold]previn[/bold] wrote: Police need to be seen clamping down on these offenders So many are getting away with all types of traffic offences including The use of mobile phone while driving you rarely see traffic policing doing their duties especially around Deane and Derby area.So many cars are regularly parked in around the bus Lanes and speeding cars showing off keeping the local residents awake. Not everyone is a law abiding citizens therefore if the police did a little to deter the offenders we might see a little less violation of traffic offences..[/p][/quote]You have to becareful as in the evening those bus lanes are not bus lanes and just normal road lanes! the bus lanes are only operational between 6am and 10am and between 4pm and 7pm all other times they are just the inside lanes of the road and as such where there are no parking spaces people can park in them! The Righteous One
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

85mph outside a school becomes less dramatic if it's at 3am. However 85mph outside an old people's home doesn't seem to have the same shock value does it.

Creative journalism at its best perhaps....
85mph outside a school becomes less dramatic if it's at 3am. However 85mph outside an old people's home doesn't seem to have the same shock value does it. Creative journalism at its best perhaps.... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
85mph outside a school becomes less dramatic if it's at 3am. However 85mph outside an old people's home doesn't seem to have the same shock value does it.

Creative journalism at its best perhaps....
This is what I have noticed in the last 2 weeks at the BN too much sensationalism at its worst, even on the most mundane story and the stories being completely incorrect.

Either the number of people buying is dwindling fast and this type of reporting is the last throw at the dice or it seems the main editor (Ian Savage) is either on holiday or moved on to another job and got someone who is trying to stamp their mark including all noticeable inaccuracies!!!
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: 85mph outside a school becomes less dramatic if it's at 3am. However 85mph outside an old people's home doesn't seem to have the same shock value does it. Creative journalism at its best perhaps....[/p][/quote]This is what I have noticed in the last 2 weeks at the BN too much sensationalism at its worst, even on the most mundane story and the stories being completely incorrect. Either the number of people buying is dwindling fast and this type of reporting is the last throw at the dice or it seems the main editor (Ian Savage) is either on holiday or moved on to another job and got someone who is trying to stamp their mark including all noticeable inaccuracies!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

brian jones says...

I wonder if it was Amir Khan?
I wonder if it was Amir Khan? brian jones
  • Score: 4

8:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

What the article doesn't say is that only 50% of speed camera fines are ever paid. The real truth is that only the decent motorists pay, whilst the dishonest toe rags simply ignore cameras as they drive in unregistered or false-plated cars with no insurance or road tax...and there are 2 million on the roads in the UK. Guess who is most likely to indulge in excess speed and hit and run?
What the article doesn't say is that only 50% of speed camera fines are ever paid. The real truth is that only the decent motorists pay, whilst the dishonest toe rags simply ignore cameras as they drive in unregistered or false-plated cars with no insurance or road tax...and there are 2 million on the roads in the UK. Guess who is most likely to indulge in excess speed and hit and run? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 3

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