Speeding driver was late for 'speed awareness course'

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A motorist caught driving at nearly 100mph on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire, told police that he was late for a speed awareness course.

The man, reported to be in his 50s and from greater Manchester, was stopped by police from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), as they conducted speed checks on vehicles on the northbound carriageway between Lichfield and Burntwood earlier this week.

A CMPG spokeswoman said: "Around 3.30pm, CMPG officers were conducting a routine speed check on the stretch between northbound T5 and T6 of the M6 Toll, when they recorded a driver of a Nissan Pathfinder driving at a speed of nearly 95mph," the Birmingham Mail reported.

"A man in his 50s, from Sale, gave the excuse that he was late for a speed awareness course. He has now been reported for summons."

Speed awareness courses are normally offered to speeding drivers who have been found to be marginally exceeding posted limits. Normally lasting four hours, they aim to educate drivers of the reasons behind speeding and the potential consequences. It is highly unlikely the bungling driver will be offered one for this second offence.

In a separate incident, motorway patrols caught another driver at 128mph – a speed at which a lengthy ban is commonplace, in all but the most unusual of circumstances


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