A VAN driver has been caught speeding at 92mph on the A27.

Unmarked police patrols in Lewes caught a number of motorists breaking the law on Tuesday, August 2.

A Sussex Roads Police spokesman said one motorist was caught driving 42mph above the speed limit.

“Our Roads Policing Unit (RPU) have been out and about along the A27 in Lewes,” he said.

“Out in an unmarked vehicle, officers recorded a van heading out of Lewes in the 50mph limit doing a staggering 92mph.

“Speeds such as this result in a direct summons to court, where it will be the courts who decide the outcome and penalty.

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“Excess speed is one of the ‘Fatal 5’ driving offences, so called as they are the top five contributors to serious or fatal collisions on the roads of Sussex each year.”

Careless driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving make up the rest of the fatal five.

The van driver also likely faces a disqualification, police said.

Police have conducted a number of recent traffic stops as part of Operation Downsway.

At the start of April, Sussex Police launched the initiative in an attempt to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured and to target antisocial and dangerous motorists.

Using a variety of tactics including the latest technology in automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and drones, Sussex Police aim to reduce the fatal five factors.

In the first two weekends of April, Roads Policing Unit officers responded and completed 108 traffic offence reports or conditional fixed penalty notices.

Eight arrests were made and a further 19 motorists were reported for summons.

Meanwhile, officers also issued 20 warnings for antisocial driving, while five vehicles were seized for either insurance or licence offences.

At the time, Superintendent James Collis added: “We know that the fatal five offences are the main factors that cause serious road traffic collisions.

“Which is why we simply will not tolerate the small minority of people who drive or ride anti-socially through the county, putting the safety of others at risk and therefore have a comprehensive plan to target those who do so.”