Police claim biker hit 120mph on A7

Published: 27 Jul 2012 09:000 comments

A MOTORCYCLIST faces a charge of reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles-per-hour near Fountainhall after being clocked by traffic police.

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POLICE clocked one of the fastest ever speeds recorded on the A7 this week.

On Wednesday afternoon a 35-year-old biker is alleged to have driven down the Fountainhall straight at over 120 miles-per-hour.

The half-mile straight is a regular haunt for speed camera cops - with no fewer than four motorists appearing at this week's Justice of the Peace Court in Selkirk after allegedly exceeding the limit.

But Wednesday's alleged reading was amongst the fastest yet - and comes just days after a national campaign was launched to cut speeding.

 

Lothian and Borders Police's Temporary Inspector Brian Jones told the Border Telegraph: "It is very disappointing that only three days after the ACPOS national campaign, which addressed issues of inappropriate driving and excessive speed, that we in the Borders yet again see a rider of a motorcycle grossly exceeding the speed limit of 60 mph.

"The correlation between excessive speed and road collisions are inexplicably linked and that addressing issues of speeding vehicles was and would continue be core business for all road policing resources.

"This form of inappropriate driving behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated."

 

Although 120 miles-per-hour is amongst the fastest speeds recorded on Borders roads, it falls well short of the 166 miles-per-hour clocked on the notorious Dolphinton Straight in Peeblesshire three years ago.

Berwickshire hairdresser Neil Purves was jailed for nine months after admitting the offence on his Suzuki GSX R1000.

A report of Wednesday's incident has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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