Motorcyclist clocked at 152 mph on SR 14 in Goldendale Sunday
The Washington State Patrol reported that a trooper clocked a motorcyclist going 152 mph earlier this week in Goldendale in Klickitat County.
On Sunday around 5:30 p.m., a trooper was driving on state Route 14 near Mary Hill when he saw a motorcycle traveling at a fast rate coming towards him in the opposite lane. He was able to obtain two radar readings of 152 mph from his forward facing radar and a third reading of 151 mph from his rear facing radar after the motorcycle passed him.
The posted speed limit on the highway is 60 mph.
The trooper pulled over the motorcyclist for the excessive speed. He asked the motorcyclist if he know how fast he was going. "No idea, I just opened it up," the 39-year-old Vancouver man riding the Kawasaki ZX1400 reportedly answered. The man was issued a $411 speeding citation.
The trooper tried to impress upon the motorcyclist about the ramifications of hitting a deer or running into rocks in the roadway in a rural area when traveling at that speed. The trooper said he believed the motorcyclist comprehended the seriousness of the situation.
The Patrol wants to stress to motorcycle riders that speed is one of the leading causes of serious injury and fatality accidents along with driving while intoxicated. "Eighty percent of fatal motorcycle collisions are now the fault of the rider," State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste stated. "Half of fatal collisions don’t even involve a second vehicle."
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