Speeding bikers branded reckless
A police car had to travel at nearly 130mph to catch up with a group of bikers speeding through the Stewartry.
Cops yesterday hit out at the “reckless disregard” the five showed towards both their own safety and that of others on the A713 Castle Douglas to Ayr road.
All were hit with fines of up to £800 at Dumfries Sheriff Court this week and one was also banned from the road for 75 days.
But road safety charity Brake described the punishments as “lenient”.
Director of campaigns, Jason Wakeford, said: “Speeding is totally wrong – it’s also selfish and massively increases the chance of being involved in a deadly crash. A fifth of road deaths in 2015 involved a motorcyclist, an increase of eight per cent from the previous year.
“Lenient sentences like these underline the urgent need for much tougher penalties for those guilty of putting innocent lives at risk.”
The bikers, Andrew Gaston, 53, of Lochans Mill Avenue, Lochans; Simon Beswick, 49, of Rosefield Avenue, and Gavin Thomson, 34, of Beechwood Avenue, both Stranraer; Andrew Beswick, 44,of Treebank, Dunragit; and Carol Ann Brown, 31, of Lochaber Cottage, Lochanhead, Dumfries; were originally charged with dangerous driving.
But all five had pleas to the lesser charge of careless driving accepted.
Sergeant Paul Dodds said: “These speeds show a reckless disregard for the safety of other road users on this road and indeed for the riders’ own safety.
“The consequences don’t bear thinking about when you take into consideration that this is a rural road in our region which often has slow moving farm traffic, animals and other potential hazards for motorists on it.”
The court was shown a video from a police car which reached 128mph while chasing the five. The car had been parked in a layby near New Galloway before overtaking the riders one by one and halting them at Parton.
Depute fiscal Lyndsay Hunter told the court that the motorbikes were travelling at excessive speeds for the layout of the country road.
A solicitor for the five said: “There was nothing wrong with their riding – they were just going too fast and they all knew that.”
Gaston, Simon and Andrew Beswick, were each fined £800 and had five points endorsed on their licences. Brown had five points put on her licence and was fined £700 and Thomson was fined £700 and banned from driving for 75 days.