Friday, 26 September 2014

Cat and Fiddle near miss biker guilty of dangerous driving . . .

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Cat and Fiddle near miss biker guilty of dangerous driving

Cited at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28856485

A biker who uploaded a film of a high speed ride in which he almost crashed head-on into a car has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Jack Sanderson, 22, swerved and rolled down an embankment on the A537 Buxton New Road in Macclesfield, to avoid an oncoming car in February.

Footage of the near miss on the Cat and Fiddle, a road branded Britain's most dangerous, became a hit on YouTube.

Sanderson, of Mobberley in Cheshire, is due to be sentenced next week.

Sanderson recorded the incident on a camera fixed to his helmet.

He told Macclesfield Magistrates' Court: "I was in full control until I hit the fence. I drove into the fence to avoid a collision."

The landowner is seeking £1,000 in compensation from Sanderson for damage to his fence.

The Peak District A537 road between Macclesfield, Cheshire, and Buxton, Derbyshire features severe bends and steep drops.

The Road Safety Foundation charity has called on the government to spend more money on the Cat and Fiddle to improve safety on the roads but said the attitude of motorists also needed to change to make it safer.

Lee Murphy, from Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: "The Cat and Fiddle does have a bit of a challenge mentality and a minority do try to ride it as fast as they can."


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