Camera catches biker doing 92 in a 30 zone

A biker caught riding through Northumberland at more than 90 miles an hour in a 30 zone has avoided going to prison.

Michael Arthur Lambert, 32, from Airedale, Wallsend, was caught by a speed camera doing 92mph on a 30mph stretch of road on the A190 in Seghill, on September 3, 2013.

Initially officers were unable to identify Lambert from the images as the speed camera that caught him was front facing and his license plate, on the rear of his bike, was not captured.

Enquiries by motor patrols officers led to them identifying Lambert as the rider and he was summonsed for dangerous driving.

Lambert pleaded guilty to the charge and on Monday, July 7, he appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates court where he was sentenced.

He was given a ten-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to serve 180 hours unpaid community work and pay £500 in court costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

He had his driving license revoked and is banned from driving for 15 months, after which he will need to take his driving test again.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector Julian Bowran said: “At 90 miles per hour he was doing more than three times the legal limit and his actions were wreckless, foolish and could have been disastrous.

“A collision at that speed could have killed or seriously injured him or other road users. These actions are that of one irresponsible and dangerous motorcyclist and we recognise he does not represent bikers as a community.

“This case should send a message out to dangerous drivers and riders that dangerous driving will not be tolerated.

“If you break speed limits and put people’s lives in danger then you face being sent to prison.”