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Biker in court for speeding

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A motorcyclist who was caught by police travelling over 90 miles an hour in a 60 limit risked losing his livelihood, a court has heard.

Kevin Michael Gates, 44, of Woldholme Avenue in Driffield, admitted to speeding along the B1249 on July 21 2013.

He entered his plea at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 22 January and returned to court for sentencing on Wednesday 12 February.

Magistrates heard Gates was followed by a policeman on a motorcycle at around 4.30pm on the day in question, who recorded his average speed of 94 miles an hour in a 60mph zone near Cottam.

In mitigation for himself, Gates said: “I have no excuses for what I did. It was stupid.

“I was driving down hill and went too fast.”

“I am a HGV driver, I drive for a living, so my licence is basically my job. I hope I do not lose it because that is my livelihood.

“There was no other road users on the road. There were none on the road or coming towards me.

“As soon as I saw another vehicle in front of me I pulled back down to 60. It was just a clear day, I got carried away.

“I have sold the bike almost straight away afterwards.

“I can’t afford to lose my licence. As a family we decided to sell the bike and not have another so this doesn’t happen again and won’t happen again.”

Anne Farnsworth, presiding magistrate, said: “This was a dangerous speed you were driving but you have noted that.

“Just be careful in the future. You have had a fright haven’t you?”

She imposed six penalty points on his licence along with a fine of £220.

In addition he was ordered to pay court costs of £40 and a £22 victim surcharge.

Gates previously had a clean driving licence and at the time of the offence was driving a Honda motorcycle.

 

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