144mph drivers spared prison


Speeding drivers

Two motorists caught driving at speeds of up to 144mph have been spared prison.

David Scott Richardson, 21, and James Burrows, 26, were spotted driving at over twice the national speed limit by a North Yorkshire Police camera van on the A19.

The pair, who were driving a high powered Ford Focus RS and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, were caught on camera, driving in extremely close proximity of one another.

Both pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and were handed down four-month jail terms suspended for 18 months.

They were also each banned from driving for three years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

The force'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," reported Sky News.

"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."

Click play to watch the camera van footage of the speeding drivers below.