Tayside and Central Scotland

Biker caught at 122mph in 40mph zone in Dundee is banned

A92 at East Balgillo Road roundabout
Image caption Robert Lockhart was caught driving at 122mph on the A92 Arbroath to Dundee road

A biker caught doing 122mph in a 40mph zone outside Dundee has been banned from the road after a sheriff rejected his claims it was "not dangerous".

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Robert Lockhart was spotted speeding on his Suzuki Hayabus bike on the outskirts of Dundee last May.

The 51-year-old had denied a charge of dangerous driving on the A92.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro rejected that and fined him £500 and banned him from the roads for 18 months.

The court heard Lockhart was spotted by officers overtaking cars as he came off a roundabout between two housing schemes.

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They then watched as he accelerated "rapid and hard" past them - reaching 122mph on the dual carriageway.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard the road was flanked with a pedestrian footpath "inches from the road", a pub, nursing home, nursery, hotel, shops and housing schemes on either side.

Lockhart told officers it was a "moment of madness" after he was pulled over.

But Lockhart's lawyers told the court that he should be found not guilty of dangerous driving - because his speed was "not obviously dangerous".

However, Sheriff Munro told the offshore worker: "I can't think anybody in the world would think driving at 122mph in a 40mph limit was what a careful and competent driver would do."

Accelerated hard

PC Patrick Nicol, from Tayside Police's road policing unit, told the court Lockhart was driving a bike which was "one of the most powerful bikes in production when it came out".

He said: "We were detecting traffic going eastbound but heard the sound of a motorcycle accelerating westbound.

"We saw the bike come round the roundabout overtaking cars in lane one, before accelerating rapid and hard. I locked on the speed device and it read 122mph."

His colleague, PC Barry McEwan, added: "If he had had an accident the consequences would have been catastrophic."

Fiscal depute Ross Cargill said: "I'd submit a speed of this kind on this road does amount to dangerous driving."

No dangers

But defence lawyer Robert McCallum argued: "There was nothing to suggest dangers on the road at the point where he was clocked.

"The distance he covered was relatively short. Where are the obvious dangers on a beautiful day with light traffic that he should have been aware of?

"I'd submit that his driving doesn't come down to that standard - he is guilty of speeding but I'd ask you to acquit him of dangerous driving."

Lockhart, from Abernethy, Perthshire, denied that on 26 May he drove his motorbike dangerously on the A92 Arbroath to Dundee road.

But Sheriff Elizabeth Munro said she had "no hesitation" in finding him guilty of the charge.

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