Biker clocked at 100mph near Corwen banned

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A biker caught riding at 100 mph on the Denbigh Moors, close to the Brenig Reservoir has been disqualified from driving or riding motorcycles.

Gas engineer Stephen Ramsay, 59, admitted breaking the 60 mph speed limit on the B4501 on his new black Honda VFR.

He told a court he could not believe his speed and the bike, which he had saved for years to buy, had been immediately sold.

Ramsay of Grouville Drive in Woodthorpe, Nottingham, said he feared a driving ban would cost him his job because he needed to be available 24 hours a day to deal with gas emergencies.

He was banned from driving for 28 days and fined £500 with £85 costs and a £50 surcharge.

He said that he had never heard the name Evo Triangle until the policeman who booked him wrote it down and he Googled it when he got home to find out what it was.

At Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold prosecutor Brian Robinson asked the court to take a tough stance because he said the public needed to be protected.

Riding at 100 mph would not give a rider time to “react to the unexpected”, he said.

He suggested an immediate ban for what he termed the “grossly excessive” speed.

“This was a B road where families walking and driving in the area are being put at risk by the unreasonable actions of some riders and drivers who are converging  from all over the UK to use these roads as racetracks as part of the so-called Evo Triangle,” he told the court.

“There have already been fatalities on this route this year and a motorcyclist from outside the North Wales area was tragically killed on this road in June.”

Mr Robinson asked the magistrates to “protect the public from this type of utterly irresponsible behaviour” by sending out a clear message “that this sort of speed will not be tolerated.”

Sentencing guidelines suggested that a court should consider immediate disqualification for any speed above 91 mph, he said.

An officer of the roads policing department saw the defendant’s motorcycle approach and confirmed its speed at 100 mph using a prolaser handheld speedmeter.

Ramsay, who represented himself, sad that he had a clean driving licence and had been a keen motorcyclist for many years.

He was not a speeder, had never been stopped before and had never had a ticket in 40 years.

That day he had been out riding and he accepted the speed reported. “I didn’t know it was that fast,” he said.

“It was a new-ish bike to me,” he said. He had saved for six years and taken out a loan to buy it – but when he got home after the offence he advertised it for sale and it had gone within days.

He said that he had pulled up to a lay-by to wait for a friend when the police officer approached and told him the speed. “I was absolutely shocked when he told me,” he said.

“It made me feel bad. I cannot get over what I have done. I have never been a speeder at all.”
In fact, he said that he condemned people who did speed “and give us all a bad name.”

If he was banned, he said, he would probably lose his job and at his age he may not get another one.

“I may be unemployed until I get my state pension at 66,” he said.

“I ask the court to show me some mercy.”

It was not his normal type of riding. He had accelerated up a hill when the road was clear and there was no other traffic on the road.

He said it could dramatically affect the rest of his life through “one moment of stupidity.”

Magistrates said that it was a grossly excessive speed in an area renowned for speeding motorbikes.

It was a Sunday when people would be out walking, riding their bicycles and walking their dogs.

They said that they would not be fulfilling their public duty if they did not disqualify him from driving.

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  • Mentalist13ch7 4ua

    13:01, 15 October 2017

    More monitoring and persecution needed by the police in Flintshire. Every weekend the ‘racer’ bikes come up the Corwen Rd past Leeswood in excess of 40mph (30 mph zone), endangering lives, ruining peace and quiet and showing no respect for local residents. As a result I find it hard to accept the word ‘tragic’ when these idiots speed and lose control.

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