M4 and M5 speed limit ignored by drivers near Bristol

Traffic on the M4 near Bristol Work is taking place on the M4 and M5 to put in measures to improve the efficiency of traffic flow

Related Stories

More than 24,000 people have broken a 50mph speed limit - six at more than 115mph - at roadworks near Bristol, in the past 17 months.

Drivers were clocked on the M4 and M5, in a managed-motorway scheme similar to the M42 near Birmingham.

Last October, an FOI request by the BBC revealed one driver had driven through the roadworks at 137mph.

Since then, five others have been clocked at more than 117mph - one at 128mph - a similar request has showed.

Avon and Somerset Police said a total of £311,000 had been paid in speeding fines.

The force said it may change the way traffic police patrol the area as a result.

Ch Insp Yan Georgiou said: "We will take a good look at these figures, we have got some good data here.

"We may make some adjustments to our patrolling plan, to deployment and to our education plan.

"We will work together with the Highways Agency and other partners to ensure this stretch of the road network is as safe as it can be under the circumstances."

The roadworks are expected to be complete by October with the final scheme up and running in December.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Bristol

Weather

Bristol

Min. Night 10 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • GeoguessrWhere in the world...?

    Think you are a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s interactive game

Programmes

  • StudentsClick Watch

    Could a new social network help tailor lessons to students’ needs and spot when they fall behind?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.