VIDEO: M-way biker captured on police video at 120mph
By Western Daily Press | Thursday, September 05, 2013, 05:00
Police have released video footage of the moment a biker sped away from them at more than 120mph on the M5 in Somerset.
An image taken by police of biker Robert Heaven travelling along the M5 at more than 120mph
The biker undertook an unmarked police car on the split-elevation section of the M5 near Clevedon, heading south into Somerset. The police car sped up to catch the 21-year-old, from Gloucestershire, reaching speeds way over 110mph as astonished car drivers dodged out of the way.
Eventually, the unmarked car revealed itself as a police patrol car and the motorcyclist pulled over onto the hard shoulder.
Earlier this week, Robert Heaven was banned from the roads for 18 months, given 250 hours of community service and ordered to pay £145 in costs and fines.
Avon and Somerset police released the video in the hope it would alert people to the dangers of speeding. They said there had been 37 serious injury or fatal crashes in the first eight months of 2013, compared with 31 all last year.
Insp Leona Naish, from the force's Roads Policing Unit, said: "We hope this case sends a message to riders and drivers to warn them to slow down. We have seen an increase in serious and fatal collisions involving motorcyclists this year and want to raise awareness of the dangers on the road.
"Speed can often be a factor in collisions and can increase the severity of a collision."
She also encouraged motorcyclists to consider taking an advanced rider course to increase their safety.