Whitby road among worst for 100mph drivers

The area on the A169 towards Sleights where a black cat was spotted''w132710a
The area on the A169 towards Sleights where a black cat was spotted''w132710a

A road leading into Whitby is one of the worst hotspots in North Yorkshire for super-fast speeders.

Three motorists were clocked driving at over 100mph last year on the A169 near High Horcum.

A171 BRIDGE --- Scene setter picture of the A171 road bridge in Whitby. Wednesday 25th February 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

A171 BRIDGE --- Scene setter picture of the A171 road bridge in Whitby. Wednesday 25th February 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

The figure puts the notorious stretch among the region’s worst roads for super speeders.

North Yorkshire Police regularly target the road with mobile speed cameras in a bid to catch speeders, and Dave Brown, Traffic Bureau manager, said they do save lives.

“North Yorkshire is a very beautiful part of the country. This makes it a very popular destination for drivers and riders to travel around and take advantage of the picturesque and challenging routes,” he said.

“Due to the number of 
fatalities and serious injury collisions occurring on our roads, a detailed feasibility study into the benefits and practical considerations of safety cameras was conducted and North Yorkshire Police made the decision to introduce mobile safety cameras.

“Our mobile safety camera vans aim to protect communities from the blight of speeding, and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on our road. In the 12 months following their introduction the number of 
fatal and serious injury collisions where speed is a contributory factor reduced by 59 per cent. Since their introduction, we have increased the number of safety camera vans from three to six – to further protect our communities and reduce the number of people dying or being seriously injured on our roads.”

Our exclusive figures, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that last year North Yorkshire Police led prosecutions against 157 people around the region for allegedly driving at over 100mph.

The fastest speed clocked by the force’s mobile cameras was 142mph, although the force didn’t disclose where that driver was caught.

The region’s worst road for 100mph speeders was the A64 westbound at Whitwell Hill near Malton.

Close to one in five of all the region’s super speeders were clocked on the 70mph stretch.

And in North Yorkshire, BMW drivers are the worst for going over 100mph.