DRIVING bans and fines have been handed to two motorists who were caught on camera speeding at over 120mph on the M6 in Warwickshire.
Taylor Pemberton, 21, from Sale in Greater Manchester was caught driving at 125mph in a BMW Sport on the M6 last October, when he was just 20 years old.
After pleading guilty at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court, he was disqualified from driving for six months, and fined £300 with £110 costs and a £34 victim surcharge. His guilty plea was taken into account by the magistrate when imposing the sentence.
That same month, William Fancourt Childs, 54, from Kettering was caught on the M6 driving at 121mph in a BMW X5.
At Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to speeding and was disqualified from driving for 56 days, fined £952 with a £95 victim surcharge to fund victim services, and £110 costs. His previously clean licence was taken into consideration during sentencing.
Both drivers were caught on new generation HADECS speed cameras – known as ‘stealth’ cameras by motorists because they are hard to spot in overhead motorway gantries. HADECS cameras use dual radar to detect speed offences in up to five lanes of traffic in all weather conditions.
Ch Insp Faz Chishty of Warwickshire Police said: “Nationally, excessive and inappropriate speed is a factor in around 30 per cent of fatal and serious collisions, and this is not acceptable.
“We are working hard in Warwickshire with our partners as Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership to reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads by 50 per cent by 2030.
“We know that speeding is a choice some drivers make and we will continue to target those drivers who choose to drive above the speed limit to help meet this target and protect other road users.
“We are asking drivers to take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel and to become good drivers by driving according to the road conditions and within the speed limit.”