Motorists who flout speed limits in Fife have been roundly condemned after a driver was allegedly clocked doing more than 140mph in the region over the festive period.
Police have confirmed that a 20-year-old man has been charged and reported to the procurator fiscal after his car was spotted travelling at more than double the 70mph limit on the A92 near Cowdenbeath on Sunday December 30.
The alleged incident, said to have happened on the eastbound carriageway of the A92 in the early hours of the morning, is just the latest in a line of similar occurrences on Fife’s roads over the past three or four months which have prompted outrage from safety campaigners.
That stretch of road is giving particular cause for concern following reports that a red Volkswagen, which had also been travelling east, was detected at 141mph on the morning of Sunday September 2, with at least three other drivers allegedly caught doing 95mph, 98mph and 109mph between the hours of 8.30am and 9.30am that same morning.
A 24-year-old man was reported for dangerous driving just five days later for an even higher alleged speed when his silver Honda was clocked doing an incredible 145mph further along the A92 between the Redhouse roundabout in Kirkcaldy and Bankhead roundabout in Glenrothes.
Road policing officers have described the latest examples as “entirely unacceptable” and warned motorists to expect the full force of the law through the courts.
Andy Jones, East Safety Camera Unit manager, said speed enforcement checks are carried out at a number of locations on the A92 and reinforces the value of mobile safety camera units.
“This is totally unacceptable and reckless conduct – there is absolutely no excuse for ignoring the speed limit with such blatant disregard for themselves and anyone else in the area at the time,” he said.
“The faster you drive, the less time you have to react and the harder the impact is.
“In the event of a collision, motorists who speed are more likely to cause death or serious injury not only to themselves, but to their passengers, other motorists or road users.
“Had any of these drivers been involved in a collision at these speeds there is absolutely no doubt the outcome would have been catastrophic.”
Traffic speeds throughout the A92 have sparked numerous calls for action by communities, most notably in north Glenrothes where the driver of a powerful sports car was reportedly caught doing more than twice the limit at the spot where a nine-year-old boy was killed in 2015.
Logan Carrie’s family expressed their anger when speed cameras caught a vehicle doing 88mph on the A92 near the Balfarg junction, which has a 40mph limit, in October.
The youngster’s shocked grandfather Rab Brown branded the speed as “sheer stupidity” and called for the driver to receive an instant ban.
“This is out of order and as far as I’m concerned, anybody doing that kind of speed on that road should be banned instantly,” he said at the time.