Together In Electric Dreams Giorgio Moroder/Philip Oakey
29 February 2012, 13:23
A motorcyclist who was caught travelling at speeds of up to 156 miles an hour on the A1 in Cambridgeshire has been banned from driving.
44 year old Peter Clarke, from Sutton St Edmund near Spalding, was clocked by police near Brampton in May last year.
Officers observed Clarke undertaking vehicles before being pulled over a few miles later at Sawtry.
Clarke admitted speeding but denied dangerous driving.
However following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court he was convicted.
Clarke has been banned from driving for 18 months, fined £1,000, must pay £1,000 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
PC Francis Crawford said: "Excessive speed on the roads, no matter how competent a driver you believe you are, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by police.
Our priority is to keep all road users safe and prevent deaths and serious injuries, clearly someone travelling at more than twice the legal speed limit put not only themselves, but also other motorists, at grave risk of harm.
Speed limits are set for a reason and any momentary lapse in concentration or sudden movement by this motorcyclist or other motorists travelling on that stretch of road could easily resulted in someone being killed.
Peter Clarke's actions on the day were highly dangerous and we're pleased that has been recognised by the court.
Anyone thinking of driving or riding at such speeds should be under no illusion, we will catch them and put them before the courts."