A YORK biker has been banned for three months after riding his Suzuki motorcycle at 116mph during rush-hour traffic.
The court heard it was the highest speed ever recorded by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera.
Matthew Michael Greenwood, 34, of Rainsborough Way, York, pleaded guilty at Selby Magistrates’ Court today. He was also fined £395 and ordered to pay costs of £45 and £15.
Greenwood was captured on camera at 9.15am on October 31 on the A1237 at Huntington in York. The road, which was wet, has a speed limit of 60mph
Magistrate Ron Humphreys told him: “At that sort of speed any accident you could have been involved in could in all probability result in a fatality.
“At the age of 34 you should have had enough common sense to ride responsibly. You are a danger to yourself and others.”
Greenwood, who represented himself, told the court: “I am extremely sorry and totally regret my actions. I have had my license for 17 years and never had any driving convictions before.”
Insp Dave Brown of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This is one of the worst cases of inappropriate and excessive speed I have seen in 30 years of policing. Greenwood rode his bike at almost double the legal speed limit, in heavy, rush-hour traffic, and showed complete disregard for the safety of other road users.
“If any case demonstrates the effectiveness of our mobile safety camera, this does. I hope it sends a very clear message to Mr Greenwood and those who continue to speed, they will not get away with it. Greenwood should count himself lucky that he was not seriously injured, or standing before a judge and jury to answer far more serious charges.”