Norfolk's police and crime commissioner has been criticised by motoring groups after saying skilled drivers should be able to drive as fast as they like.
During the interview on BBC Norfolk last week, Stephen Bett said he would like to see speed limits on motorways and other major roads abolished.
Asked how fast people should be allowed to drive, Mr Bett replied: "It depends on the driver - if you've got a Formula One racing driver, well, you can go flat out."
"The problem is that there are so many signs drivers get mesmerised by them."
This morning Mr Bett issued a statement apologising for his "tongue-in-cheek" comments. He said he was trying to make the point that there are too many signs on our roads.
David Quarmby, chairman of the RAC Foundation, said: "While Stephen Bett may be mesmerised by varying speed limits, there is no evidence to suggest the average driver is."
A spokesman for the Guild of Experienced Motorists described Mr Bett's comments as "nonsense".