Driver ‘late for wife’ clocked at 117mph on A11 at Wymondham

A driver was caught doing 117mph on the A11 at Wymondham. Picture Twitter/SgtChrisHarris.

A driver was caught doing 117mph on the A11 at Wymondham. Picture Twitter/SgtChrisHarris. - Credit: Archant

A motorist who was caught speeding at 117mph on the A11 told police officers he was driving over the limit as he was late to collect his wife.

Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing Unit stopped the driver on the carriageway at Wymondham on Monday morning.

Sgt Chris Harris said on Twitter: '1st day speed campaign. Central @NSRoadsPolicing team have stopped a car #A11 Wymondham. Driver late to collect wife.'

The stop came on the first day of a week-long enforcement campaign by Norfolk Police which is targeting speeding drivers on the county's roads.

Officers will be spending the week speaking with drivers with the aim to highlight the dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, will run until Sunday, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the region.

Other drivers caught during the campaign so far include a Mercedes driver caught doing 128mph on the A47 at Terrington.

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Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said of the campaign: 'I fully support increased enforcement campaigns like this to target offenders and bring them to justice. And the work police and partners do to educate drivers, not just during campaign weeks but all year round, is undoubtedly making people more aware of the dangers of reckless driving.

'But there's only so much our police can do to keep Norfolk's roads safe. The rest comes down to social responsibility. Put quite simply, excessive speed skills, drunk driving kills, drug driving kills. There's no excuse for it, you know the dangers, so stop it.'

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness court.

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