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‘Careless’ driving kills motorcyclist

Rob Hull, 09 June 2007 06:30

A motorist who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a biker has been cleared of dangerous driving and convicted of lesser charges of careless driving by Swansea Crown Court. Andrew Peter Drage, 45, was fined £700 and banned for 12 months after killing motorcyclist Raymond Lacey Freeman, 55.

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Drink driving on the rise

Rob Hull, 02 June 2007 09:00

The number of motorists caught drink driving is at it’s highest level for ten years say police. Drivers between the age of 17 and 24 make up one quarter of all drivers arrested for drink drive offences. An investigation by Radio One's Newsbeat uncovered police concern over the figures among five forces - Leicestershire, Cumbria, Metropolitan Police, Strathclyde, Northumbria and ...

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£5m in fines for speeding through roadworks

Rob Hull, 17 May 2007 12:23

UK motorists paid more than £5m in fines last year for speeding through motorway roadworks according to a recent survey. The M2 in Kent caught the most drivers, a total of 16,978. Paul Smith of Safe Speed said: “These figures are an outrage. The best science we have says that speed cameras increase crashes and crash severity in motorway roadworks.”

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V-sign biker banned for a year

Rob Hull, 17 May 2007 11:51

A biker who stuck two fingers up at a speed camera doing 105mph has been banned from driving for a year. 45-year-old bus driver, Phil Coffey, raced through the same three forward facing cameras on his BMW in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard travelling to and back from the bus depot where he worked between February and June this year. But because ...

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Scrubs star scared mum will say no to Harley

Rob Hull, 27 April 2007 18:07

Zach Braff, 32, star of US comedy Scrubs has fulfilled his longterm ambition to own a Harley, but has admitted if his mother says she doesn’t want him to ride it, he’ll take it back; “My parents are totally afraid of motorcycles. But I really wanted to do it. I took the classes and I’ve got a big-ass bike. But ...

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McGregor jacket raises £2600

Rob Hull, 12 April 2007 13:41

A jacket worn by Ewan McGregor on his documented Long Way Round journey was sold at auction last month for £2600. The auction was held by Edinburgh University to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Students Supporting Street Kids charity.

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Video: Your reaction to speed limiter calls

Rob Hull, 30 March 2007 15:09

A new threat to fit bikes with speed limiters has emerged - and we went out on the street to find out YOUR reaction to the plan. The Government has been told to look at limiting the top speed of motorcycles by the MPs' transport committee. Their report published last week praised the Government commissioned experimental motorcycle fitted with speed-limiting technology, called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA). ...

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Driving instructor nabbed on phone

Rob Hull, 28 March 2007 14:48

During the first month of the clamp-down on mobile phone users behind the wheel in central Scotland police caught a driving instructor who was using his mobile while teaching. The instructor was just one of 129 people caught in central Scotland since the higher penalties were established.

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Close call for biker

Rob Hull, 14 March 2007 12:54

A motorcyclist in Peel on the Isle of Man had a lucky escape last week after a passing lorry pulled down two electricity poles overhead. Eyewitnesses said the biker was caught between the two poles as they fell to the ground on Mill Road, but got up and carried on unhurt.

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Police recover two Napoli BMW’s

Rob Hull, 09 March 2007 14:27

Police have seized two of the four BMW motorcycles taken from the wreckage of the MSC Napoli in January that were not reported to the Receiver of Wreck. The F800’s were found near Axminster in east Devon last week, however no arrests have been made.

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