Motorist caught speeding up to 160mph during lockdown as police reiterate stay at home warning

Police stopped the driver who admitted to travelling 160mph. Credit: North Wales Police.

Numerous motorists were caught by police earlier this week as some clocked speeds of up to 160mph on the quiet roads across Wales during lockdown.

It comes just days after First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that the Welsh Government would be willing to increase fines for those breaking lockdown rules.

North Wales Roads Policing Unit shared a post on their social media detailing how they had caught multiple drivers exceeding the speed limits on various roads in the region.

A recent survey found nearly half of people have witnessed an increase in drivers breaking the speed limit during the coronavirus lockdown.

44%

of an RAC poll said they have seen more motorists speeding during lockdown

Nearly half of people have witnessed an increase in drivers breaking the speed limit during the coronavirus lockdown, a new survey indicated Credit: PA

Some 44% of respondents to an RAC pollsaid they have seen more motorists speeding now than they did before March 23 when the UK Government introduced a ban on non-essential journeys.

The driver of a BMW admitted reaching speeds of up to 160mph before being stopped by officers on Tuesday morning on the A483.

The frightening conclusion from our research is that a significant number of irresponsible drivers are taking advantage of quiet ‘lockdown’ roads by driving far too fast, putting lives unnecessarily at risk.

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said speeds such as this are "not tolerated at any time."

They added, "The driver of this 7 series BMW was caught travelling at an eye-watering speed of 140 mph on the A483.

"He admitted to having reached speeds of 160mph before having beenstopped by officers.

"A RTC would cause unnecessary strain on the NHS and emergencyservices which is totally avoidable."

The road policing unit also confirmed that two other vehicles had been caught travelling at 93 and 96mph as well as a car hitting a speed of 133mph on Rhualt Hill in North Wales.