Published: 13:53, 24 September 2008 |
It is fast. It is furious. And it should send every speeding biker into a wheel spin.
This video shows graphically how Kent's motorbike cops are hot on the trail of law-breaking motorists.
The unmarked camera bike seen in action above has brought an almost 100 per cent conviction rate for speeding and careless driving.
The short clip shows a 46-year-old biker reaching speeds of up to 90 mph along a county lane in Mereworth, West Kent.
He was given three penalty points and fined £60.
Figures for the first 18 months since the bike was introduced show 84 motorists were caught breaking the law, and officers believe lives have been saved as a result.
Sixty eight were caught speeding, 11 for careless driving and five for dangerous driving.
Head of roads policing, Chief Inspector Roscoe Walford, said: “I like to think that the use of the unmarked bike contributed to that great result.
“Meantime, I would warn motorists to think about the consequences of being caught committing an offence. At best you risk a fine, ban or an increase in insurance premiums. At worst you risk a criminal record, losing your job or going to jail.”
The unmarked bike was also used during a recent road safety campaign and, for the first time, there were no deaths and serious injuries in that time.
Kent Police plan to buy another unmarked bike in the near future.
Other convictions as a result of video footage from the unmarked bike include:
A 25-year-old man received a six months ban and was fined £565 at Canterbury magistrates’ court after speeding in a residential street in Canterbury.
A 47-year-old man was banned from riding for 14 days and fined £465 at Dartford magistrates’ court after he rode at 80mph in a 40mph limit and 49mph in a 30mph zone along an A road in Swanscombe.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.