Watch: UK pair banned from road after being caught speeding at 144mph (231kph)

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By Euronews
Watch: UK pair banned from road after being caught speeding at 144mph (231kph)

Two men have been handed three-year driving bans after being caught speeding at 144mph (231kph) – more than double the maximum UK limit.

Daniel Scott Richardson, 21, and James Burrows, 26, were also given suspended jail terms after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

Police said the duo, who were in close convoy, were caught on the A19 in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.

“The evidence captured by the safety camera shows both vehicles travelling in close proximity at extremely high speed. Any error, no matter how minor, could have been catastrophic for the two drivers, their passengers and other road users.

“The safety camera operator at the time, was utterly astounded by the speed of the vehicles. Members of the public should be allowed to use the roads in safety and should not be put at risk by other, irresponsible and dangerous drivers. I hope our communities can see the value of the safety camera vans when cases such as these are detected and prosecuted.

“Our mobile safety cameras are there to help keep the roads safe for all road users and we urge motorists to bear this in mind, drive at appropriate speeds and within the speed limit and do not, under any circumstances use the roads as a racetrack.”