Driver caught doing 84 mph on New Forest road

Driver caught doing 84 mph on New Forest road

Published by Mike Draper at 9:24am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 2:18pm 7th February 2020)

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The BMW was clocked doing more than TWICE the speed limit in the DARK on Roger Penny Way.

The route is one of the most dangerous in the area for animal accidents.

Police have seized the vehicle and the driver, a 25 year-old man from Fordingbridge, has been reported to court.

The motorist was among a number of others caught breaking the 40 mph limit on the B3078 last night (6th February).

The Specials team also issued tickets to drivers doing 59, 60 and 62 mph.

Roger Penny Way Google Street View
The B3078 runs from Godshill down to Brook.

Officers have described the results as "frightening."

They've also issued this plea:

"We need to let as many people as possible know that they can’t treat our roads in the New Forest as race tracks."

NEW FOREST ROADS CAMPAIGN

Gilly Jones from the campaign group says the driver was lucky a pony didn't run out in front of him.

"This driver was fortunate to have been stopped by a police officer, They may lose their license for a while, which may be difficult for them, but how life changing would it have been if they had hit an animal at 84 mph? We would be talking about a very different story today."

"Large signs are put out on high risk routes, but some still just don't take notice. Some just don't care, some live in an 'it will never happen to me' world. "

PLEA TO SLOW DOWN:

Gilly says drivers must remember animals have priority the moment they cross the cattle grid.

"Driving at such a dangerous speed anywhere is stupid, to do it where you know there could be animals on the roads could end up being fatal. 

All the Forest stock is owned by Commoners, and are semi feral. If you are involved in an incident you must ring 999 or 101 to report it."

Officers have pledged to continue speed checks particularly on high-risk routes.

The New Forest Roads Campaign have thanked the force for their "hard work and determination" to help reduce injuries to livestock.

 

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