Teenager Luke Weeks of Phoenix Place, Dartford stuck two fingers up to the law driving past a speed camera at 60mph
A teenage biker who roared past the same speed camera 19 times, sticking two fingers up to the law has been banned from driving for a year.
Luke Weeks, 19, of Phoenix Place in Dartford was snapped 19 times by the safety camera on Birchwood Road in the town between May 27 and August 17.
The 30mph speed limit was ignored by Weeks who drove past at speeds up to 60mph.
47mph in a 30mph with pillion passenger and both hands off handlebars. Only wearing t-shirt for protection.
In addition to the speed, the camera recorded him with no hands on the handlebar and making offensive gestures, even with a pillion passenger clinging on behind him.
Weeks was fined £10 for each of the speeding offences, with £125 court charge.
Knowing the camera is front-facing so could not pick up his number plate, Weeks continued to speed past the camera over 12 weeks.
When photos continued to arrive at the processing unit, officers were able to identify the offender and visited him at his home address.
Weeks pleaded guilty to 19 counts of speeding and three counts of careless driving at Chatham magistrates court.
He admitted he had not thought at the time about the safety of others, including his pillion passenger.
He was disqualified for 12 months and will have to take an extended driving test.
58mph in a 30mph with pillion passenger and one hand off the handlebar
Katherine Meehan of the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership said: “The safety camera on Birchwood Road is there to reduce the number of crashes and casualties within the signed area, and is regularly visited by a safety camera van to further try to reduce speeding along this stretch of road.
“Mr Weekes posed a serious threat to himself, his passenger and other road users. Fortunately a collision did not occur on these occasions.
“Thankfully the majority of young riders do not display this behaviour, however in the last three years in our county there were 546 collisions involving 16 to 19-year-olds on motorcycles.
"The main factors were driver/rider error, reaction times, and inexperience. Road safety partners in the county are working with young people to encourage safe riding behaviour.”
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