This was the astonishing moment a driver was clocked at 140mph on the motorway.
Traffic cops have released shocking footage of the moment the motorist tore down the M6 Toll overtaking a lorry and a car in the process before eventually slowing down.
Officers from the Central Motorway Policing team pulled the vehicle over onto the hard shoulder just after 9am on May 17.
They have received a surge in complaints over lockdown speeding on Staffordshire’s roads.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers from Central Motorway Police Group caught this driver reaching speeds of around 140mph on M6 Toll last weekend.
“Just a few extra miles per hour can make all the difference to a driver’s reaction, braking distance and put lives at risk.”
Since the lockdown was put in place on March 23, officers have ramped up their presence on the motorway.
Inspector Sion Hathaway, from Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Since the lockdown began, traffic flow has dropped by over 50 per cent on the networks we police. However, this has resulted in a large increase in the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by 15mph or more.
“Though the roads are quieter because of Covid-19, the law hasn’t changed. Drivers should be sticking to the speed limit and anyone who isn’t will be caught by our officers.
“Just a few extra miles per hour can make all the difference to a driver’s reaction, braking distances and ultimately put other lives at risk.
“We’re in an unprecedented time and we all want to keep each other safe and reduce the strain on the NHS so carrying out these speed checks is a crucial way of protecting road users and ensuring everyone gets home safely every day.”
Meanwhile, 18 drivers have been caught breaking the 30mph speed limit on the A34 Congleton Road North today.
The highest reading was 51 mph and the data has now been passed to Central Ticket Office.
A police spokesman said: “This was in response to concerned residents and further checks will take place.”