Hatfield motorcyclist banned after doing 139mph on A1(M)

PUBLISHED: 12:21 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:21 21 December 2017

Motorcyclist Alan Caswell travelled at 139mph along the A1(M) in Hertfordshire.

Motorcyclist Alan Caswell travelled at 139mph along the A1(M) in Hertfordshire.

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A motorcyclist has been banned from driving after doing 139mph along the A1(M) in the Hatfield area.

Alan Caswell, 37, of Delfield Road, Hatfield, admitted the offence when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on December 14.

He was caught on April 6 at 10.23pm on the northbound carriageway between Junction 3 and Junction 4, exceeding the limit of 70mph by 69mph.

Caswell, who was riding a Suzuki bike, was fined £350.

He was ordered to pay victim services £35 and costs of £85.

The defendant was banned from driving for 12 months.

Caswell also had a number plate which was hexagonal rather than rectangular and in the wrong font, but there was no separate penalty for this offence.

Following Caswell’s case, Inspector Chris Huggins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Speed is a significant factor in the severity of many collisions and the injuries sustained by those involved.

“Road users who do not adhere to speed limits can put themselves and others at risk.

“Positive action is taken by our officers to reduce road casualties and ensure compliance with the law.

“The courts have a number of sentencing powers available from fines to disqualifying drivers from holding a driving licence.

“The Road Policing Unit work hard day and night to ensure that the county’s roads are safe from dangerous drivers and I hope these sentences send out a strong message to road users that speeding will not be tolerated on Hertfordshire’s roads.”

In November, a BMW motorcyclist received a 28-day driving ban after doing 113mph on the A1(M) in South Mimms.

A learner driver was also banned for 42 days in the same month after travelling at 110mph while unsupervised and without displaying L plates.

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