A driving ban of only eight weeks for a Northampton motorcyclist, who was caught travelling at 121mph on road with a 60mph limit, “does not send out the right message” to motorists, a road safety charity spokesman has said.
Paul Richardson, aged 41, of Sywell Road, Overstone, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he was caught travelling at more than double the speed limit on the notoriously dangerous A6 Burton Latimer bypass in Northamptonshire.
The court heard that Richardson was travelling along the A6, which has been designated as a ‘red route’ following three fatal crashes, on his Yamaha motorbike at about 11.30am on July 7 last year when he was captured speeding at 121mph by police.
Ms Levers, chair of the magistrates bench, said the speed was “off the scale” of their guidelines, that only provided sentencing details for speeds of 100mph in a 60mph limit.
Richardson was therefore given the maximum sentence available to magistrates of an eight-week driving ban. He was also fined £265, must pay costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £27.
Also appearing in Northampton Magistrates’ Court was Jason Etches, aged 44, of Proclamation Avenue, Rothwell, who was caught speeding at 104mph in his BMW M3 car on the A6 at 11.45am on the same day.
He was disqualified from driving for eight weeks, fined £175 and must pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £60.
Justin Baker, aged 41, of Kettering, also appeared in court after he was caught travelling at 61mph in a 30mph limit road.
The court heard that Baker’s Porsche was caught travelling at more than twice the speed limit in Deeble Road, Kettering, the road where he lives.
He was also banned from driving for eight weeks. He was fined £285 and must pay costs of £60 and victim surcharge of £29.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said he was hoping a review of the sentencing guidelines available to magistrates would provide stricter punishments for drivers caught travelling at excessive speeds.
He said: “These sort of sentences do not send out the right message. We need to make sure the sentencing guidelines provide the appropriate level of punishment for driving offences.”