Speeding on the up in Falkirk

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Speeding drivers have been caught in increasing numbers as they travel through the Falkirk Council area.

The Central Scotland Safety Camera Partnership has recorded 4038 speeding offences in the district over 2011-12 - up 790 from the previous 12 months.

Ledi drive, speeding traffic'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/7/12

Ledi drive, speeding traffic'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/7/12

And the fastest motorist caught this year was recorded driving at an alarming 114 mph.

The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request made by The Falkirk Herald to Central Scotland Police.

Unsurprisingly, the roads on which many speeding offences are recorded in the district are motorways, with drivers stopped on the M80, M9 and M876.

But motorists disregarding the limit were also logged on the A706 between Linlithgow and Bo’ness and the A993 Dean Road.

And it wasn’t just cars that were stopped. Drivers of heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles were also caught travelling too fast.

Moria Fyall, of the Forth Valley branch of the Institute of Advanced Drivers, said: “It is disappointing that speeding offences have increased in the Falkirk area especially as speeding has shown to be a significant contributing factor in road traffic collisions.

“As an organisation, the IAM support making progress when it is safe to do so within the legal speed limit.

“The message we would like to emphasise is that speed limits are there to protect yourself as well as other road users, and failure to comply with this could result in some serious consequences.”

There are varying speed limits for vehicles on different types of roads. Cars and motorcycles are restricted to 30 mph in built-up areas, 60 mph on single-lane roads and 70 mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

Many local authorities, including Falkirk, impose their own speed limits in certain areas.

Speeding carries a minimum penalty of a £60 fine and three penalty points, however a dangerous driving conviction can lead to a driver losing their licence.

This week, more than 2000 motorists were caught speeding as part of a national crackdown organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.