Would the rider have continued to speed and cause danger to other road users? Quite possibly. But would he have ridden at about 70% higher speeds had he not been pursued by police? Possibly not.
If number plate recognition identifies the rider/driver as being wanted for serious offences, then a pursuit may be necessary.
But causing danger to the public with a high-speed chase to stop a speeder is not only highly dangerous but contradictory.
From 1990 to 2010 more than 150 people were killed in high-speed police chases in Australia. However, the toll has since reduced with restrictions placed on police chases and the introduction of sophisticated number plate identification technology.
In America, one person a day is killed in high-speed police chases.
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