Biker from Halifax caught doing 144mph is banned from driving

Gary Dobson caught speeding at 144mph
Gary Dobson caught speeding at 144mph

A biker from Ovenden in Halifax who was caught speeding at 144mph has been banned from driving.

Gary Dobson, 40, of Old Lee Bank was banned for six months and also fined £500 plus court costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £50.

He caught on the A63 near South Milford on October 7 riding a BMW RR 1000 in a 70mph limit.

Dobson pleaded guilty by post at Selby Magistrates’ Court last Thursday and was sentenced today.

North Yorkshire Police say his speed of 144mph is the highest ever detected sby their mobile safety camera, which was introduced in July 2011.

Inspector Dave Brown, of North Yorkshire Police’s Strategic Roads Policing Group, said: “Mr Dobson has shown shocking disregard for his own safety and that of other road users. He should consider himself lucky to be only facing a driving ban and a hole in his bank balance and not something much more serious.

“Hopefully the ban will give him time to reflect on his actions and also send a clear warning to others of what faces them if they believe the law does not apply to them.

“The safety camera has proved to be a very successful tool in influencing driver behaviour and it will continue to be deployed on roads where we know speeding is an issue. The simple answer is if you don’t speed, you won’t be caught.”