Biker Jailed for Riding at 122 Mph with Son on the Back
According to The Telegraph, Bennet, age 47, was traveling at 122 mph on the A361 North Devon link road with his son on the back of his 1300cc Suzuki, in April last year, a speed camera recorded his dangerous driving and consequently, the irresponsible motorist was sentenced to go to jail for six months by Exeter Crown Court. In addition, his license was suspended for 18 months.
Bennett explained to the court that the reason why he was speeding was that it started to rain and he probably wanted to drive his son more quickly to his home. The speedy biker, who was divorced from the boy's mother, had just picked the boy up from his mom's for a visit.
What's even more striking is that the speed camera shows that the 14-year-old boy was not even wearing protective trousers or gloves. Bennett's defense attorney tried to convince the court that his client had ridden the bike at that speed for no more than half a mile on the 60 mph two lane road. In addition, he told the judge that Bennett had been riding bikes on and off road since he was a youngster and that he regretted his actions that day.
But for Judge Wassall, nothing could justify Bennett's dangerous driving.
"Had you lost control the motorcycle would have become a missile and it is certain there would have been a serious accident or highly probably the death of a least one other road user," he said to Bennett. Added to that fact you had your 14-year-old son on the back. The lack of responsibility is unbelievable. This is so dangerous that the court
cannot avoid a custodial sentence, to send a message out," he added.