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Video: Three year ban and suspended jail term for 144mph North Yorkshire racers

Two men have been given four-month jail terms suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for three years after being caught driving on a dual carriageway at 144mph.

Daniel Richardson from Batley was driving a blue Ford Focus RS closely followed by James Burrows from Leeds, driving a silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

Both men pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on 3 January 2014 and were sentenced yesterday at Northallerton Magistrates' Court.

The drivers were captured by North Yorkshire Police's mobile safety camera just after 12pm on 30 November 2013, driving at 144mph in close convoy with each other on the A19 southbound carriageway near Crathorne.

North Yorkshire Police's Mobile Safety Camera Manager, Dave Brown, said: "Today's sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.

"The evidence captured by the safety camera shows both vehicles travelling in close proximity at extremely high speed. Any error, no matter how minor, could have been catastrophic for the two drivers, their passengers and other road users.

 "The safety camera operator at the time, was utterly astounded by the speed of the vehicles. Members of the public should be allowed to use the roads in safety and should not be put at risk by other, irresponsible and dangerous drivers. I hope our communities can see the value of the safety camera vans when cases such as these are detected and prosecuted.

"Our mobile safety cameras are there to help keep the roads safe for all road users and we urge motorists to bear this in mind, drive at appropriate speeds and within the speed limit and do not, under any circumstances use the roads as a racetrack."

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  • Paul - 29/01/2014 12:22

    Appropriate sentencing, excellent use of the system, (my only criticism) this should have been dealt with much sooner though, given the simplicity of the case and the facts.

  • Paul - 29/01/2014 14:43

    If we can punish these drivers in this manner for driving at excessive speed, why are the sentences on TWOCers, hit and run, drivers so hit and miss or lesser? I am surely not the only person watching what seems to be daily 'Slough' TV show of drivers and after watching them tear through a street where the chances of hitting someone are greatly increased and more dangerous, hear that after stealing a car, loaded with drugs, under the influence, running red lights, failing to stop etc they get a slap on the wrist etc... like that would ever deter someone who’s just done that from not repeating the behaviour - I agree these drivers should be sentenced for this behaviour and maybe to this degree too but if you are going to punish them like this then the system MUST start making the system apply more effectively on punishment elsewhere too. Steal a car – go to jail – it really does not need to be that complicated.

  • Kevthebass - 29/01/2014 18:00

    A deservedly severe penalty for a seriously dangerous, but thankfully rare occurrence. Now can we have some policing of equally dangerous activities that happen thousands of times every day! Using a phone/facebook/twitter whilst driving, "middle lane hogging", driving without lights in fog/heavy rain/the dark, vehicles with only one headlight, yummy mummies in 4x4s who spend more time looking at and talking to children in the rear seats than where they're going. If drivers can be prosecuted by safety camera evidence, why are these offences so ubiquitous?

  • Sarah Jacques - 29/01/2014 20:16

    About time someone caught them on that road! Congratulations camera vans, shame the judicial system couldn't throw them in jail!

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