More than 2000 motorists were caught driving at more than 100mph in 2014/15, according to statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The figures reveal that a total of 2169 motorists were caught driving at more than 100mph, with the fastest offender having been caught at 156mph in Cambridgeshire.
The figures were obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live, who contacted 45 police forces with FOI requests. Of the 45 contacted, 41 responded with information.
Guidelines set out by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) state that where the speed limit is 70mph, a summons will be issued if the driver is caught doing more than 96mph. Punishment is at the discretion of the police and courts, but instant driving disqualification is the most used penalty in these circumstances.
Paul Watters, Head of Roads and Transport Policy at the AA, told Autocar: “Any extra speed makes a crash worse, with the risk of death increasing as speed increases. This number is too high, but it’s obvious that there’s an irresponsible minority who spoil things for other motorists, by putting lives at risk.”