November 20th, 2020
Dangerous Driving Conviction for Speeding Motorcyclist

In September 2019, a collision occurred on the A4138 Llanelli, Carmarthenshire involving a motorcyclist and a van on a road with a speed limit of 40mph.


At the time of the collision the motorcyclists was occupying the middle lane when a van travelling in the third lane in the opposite direction conducted a right turn across its path.


In mitigation the van driver claimed he did not see the motorcyclist and the suggestion was that the motorcyclist was travelling at excessive speed.


Enquiries by the Traffic Officer PC237 Gavin Leyshon uncovered dashcam footage of the collision by an independent witness travelling in lane 1. It was clear the footage revealed the motorcyclist to be grossly exceeding the speed limit.


Dyfed-Powys Police asked Steve Callaghan, Road Safety Support’s Technical Manager to assess the speed of the motorcyclist from the recorded footage. He used a range of technical calculations to prove beyond doubt that the motorcycle was travelling at 84mph at the time of the incident.


The 27 year old male motorcyclist from Llanelli was charged and the case was sent to trial at Magistrates where the motorcyclist pleaded guilty to Dangerous Driving, despite his initial account of disputing he was exceeding the speed limit.


Given the speed the motorcyclist was travelling at the time of the collision, he was fortunate to have escaped serious injury.  


The motorcyclist was convicted of Dangerous Driving and was disqualified from riding for 20 months and would be required to pass an extended driving test before the licence would be reissued. He was also given a Community Order of 250 hours of unpaid work, along with a £90 victim surcharge and £85 costs.


Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said:


“Speeding is a major contributor to collisions on the roads of Wales. Our colleagues in Road Safety Support have the specialist techniques to analyse video footage and prove the speed that a vehicle was travelling, which can then be used, as in this case, as evidence in court.”


Sergeant Ian Price, Dyfed-Powys Police GoSafe Coordinator said:


“Once again, this case highlights how partnership working is integral in working together in making our roads safer and help to take the most dangerous drivers off the road.


In Dyfed Powys we are also highly committed to reducing the number of bikers killed and seriously hurt and providing reassurance to communities that this anti-social style of riding is unacceptable.”

Friday, 20 November 2020