Of the 2,010 motorists clocked by police at over 100mph in the last year, over 2,000 were on the M1 in Bedfordshire, scurrying away from Luton, with their accelerator pedals crushed into the carpet.
The highest speed recorded though was 156mph on the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire. The driver had unwittingly booked a weekend at a Premier Inn in Bedfordshire, unaware that it was in Luton and only realising his error at breakfast.
In court, he claimed he’d then panicked, rushed to his car and been unable to take his foot off the throttle for two hours. Police eventually forced him to stop just beyond Royston, by dangling a big poster of the outskirts of Birmingham from a Motorway bridge. A Police spokesperson said it was a world record speed for a Vauxhall Astra.
Dr Rachel Guest, a research analyst from the sleepy English village of Harold offered her scientific insight into the Luton Effect phenomenon, “These anti-social maniacs are a threat to any decent civilised society. But that’s town planners for you.”