We all moan a lot about cyclists ignoring the rules of the road and basically being inconsiderate and dangerous bastards, but recently we’ve had right bloody idiots on our local pseudo-motorway which leads me to reflect on just how stupid motorcyclists can be as well…
The first was a bloke going home from work at 135mph because he’d ‘had a shit day and just wanted to get home as soon as possible’. Amazingly, he told the local magistrate just that in mitigation and clearly the crusty old sod fell for it because he got a 3 month ban and a £50 fine. The police are, needless to say, outraged that he got off so lightly but have no grounds for appealing the sentence. Personally I think a 12 month ban and a £500 fine would have been more in order.
Then just to rub salt in the wound, another guy was caught doing 103mph in a 40mph limit while a 56 year old biker was clocked at 160mph on the A14 in Cambridgeshire. Frankly anyone doing 100mph in a built up area should be banned for years, not 16 weeks. And 160mph on the A14 is suicidal – especially as the rider was old enough to know better.
I got prosecuted when I was in my 20s when I was overtaking a car in the 30 limit and the bloke turned right without signalling. That cost me a broken leg from which I still have the scars. It was bad luck on my part but because I was doing more than 30, I was done for driving without due care. Proportionally, the fine was more than any of these idiots got.
There’s a lot more traffic now than then. It’s a sight more dangerous and anyone driving like this is asking to get killed. The problem is that they’ll take some poor innocent sod with them – and when they do, it will be partly the fault of the idiot magistrates who let people like this off so lightly….