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UK News Driver escapes ban after filming himself driving at 100mph on one of Britain's deadliest roads

10:25  22 october  2019
10:25  22 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A driver who posted a video of himself driving at nearly 100mph on one of Britain's most notorious roads found himself in court after police spotted the footage on social media.

Joe Achilles was handed six points and fined more than £600 for driving the Audi R8 at speeds of up to 93mph on the A57 Snake Pass, near Sheffield.

Achilles, from London, attached a camera to the outside of the sports car and filmed himself driving along the road last November then uploaded the video to his Facebook account. It was then spotted by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit.

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The officers, who at the time were investigating an entirely different matter, could see the car was driving at well over the speed limit.

Deadly road

Sergeant Adam Shipley from the Roads Policing Unit said: “At that point we turned to Road Safety Support [RSS].

“We needed to be able to prove the speed the car was travelling at along what, myself and my team know only too well, is one of our most deadly roads.”

Using state of the art technology technical support manager for RSS, Steve Callaghan, was able to work out exactly how fast the Audi was travelling.

Mr Callaghan said: “I examined the video file and was able to find the location of the incident, starting at the car park of the Snake Pass Inn, driving east towards Sheffield.

“The Facebook video showed road markings and traffic signs that were distinctive, and which were able to be identified in the video as well as the Google Earth Pro application.

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A YouTuber has landed himself in court after he filmed himself speeding along one of the UK' s most dangerous roads at nearly 100 mph - before later uploading it to Facebook. Joe Achilles, 40, had been driving along the A57 Snake Pass in the Peak District in a £100,000 Audi R8 on 3 November.

“Distances between the signs were measured with the application and the timing of the journeys between the signs was calculated from the video file.”

Police worked out that Achilles reached speeds of up to 93mph on the Snake Pass (Photo: Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit)

With the distances and times established it was possible to calculate a series of average speeds between the landmarks.

Eleven average speeds were calculated as the £100,000 super car was driven towards Sheffield in the face of oncoming traffic. Not one of the 11 speeds was within the 50mph limit. The slowest he was travelling was found to be 58mph, the fastest was 93mph.

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Achilles, 40, of Village Road, Denham, Uxbridge, was summonsed to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of speeding. He was handed a fine of £615, ordered to pay costs of £620 and had his licence endorsed with six points.

Pathetic behaviour

Sergeant Shipley said: “This type of driving is careless, reckless and selfish.

“On this occasion, thankfully nobody died, but all too often the outcome is very different.

“The roads of the UK are not race tracks and should not be used as such.

“Strapping a GoPro to the side of a car and driving in this manner – all in a bid to get viewers on social media – is quite frankly pathetic.

“I hope this case sends a message to others like Joe Achilles who think they can come to our county and put lives at risk.

“We may not see you at the time but know that we have the capability to ensure that you are brought to justice.”

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