Driver caught doing 120mph on M27 ‘needed the loo’

The driver said he was travelling at 120mph on the M27 because he needed the toilet
The driver said he was travelling at 120mph on the M27 because he needed the toilet
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A SPEEDING driver told police the reason he was going more than 120mph was because he ‘needed the loo.’

Officers stopped the motorist on the M27 at around 8.30pm on Monday.

Hampshire Roads Policing unit tweeted about the incident, and said: ‘Driver stopped for doing over 120mph on the motorway in #southampton. Reason was...they needed the loo #notworthit.’

The driver has been summonsed to court over the offence.

Sergeant Rob Heard, road safety office for Hampshire Police, said: ‘There is no excuse for travelling at excess speed.

‘Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.

‘It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death, and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries.’

The incident follows a recent police crackdown on drivers’ behaviour across Hampshire.

A total of 197 motorists were prosecuted for driving offences.

In 1999, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was found not guilty of illegally driving on a motorway hard shoulder, after he explained to a court he was rushing to get to a toilet.

Bury Magistrates Court was told Sir Alex had been suffering from severe diarrhoea when the incident took place on the M602, in Eccles, Greater Manchester.