Unsafe at any speed?

Posted June 6, 2011

Senator Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, is notorious for telling colorful stories about his weekends during a “moment of privilege” at the end of floor sessions. But Senator Don East, R-Surry, might be wishing Bingham had been a little less forthcoming tonight.

Bingham said he and East took a motorcycle ride this weekend with friends, starting at East’s Pilot Mountain home and heading up into Virginia to the Primland resort.

While they were riding with East’s friends, Bingham said, they were cruising along the curvy roads at 35-40 miles per hour. But eventually, the friends had to split off for home.

“When we separated, next thing I know we were running 80-90 miles an hour, and I was running along behind Don trying to keep up," Bingham said. "And I thought, well, since he knows where the curves are, surely I can stay on the road. But anyway, there were several places we hit over a hundred miles an hour. God, I was glad to get to his house.”

But the adventure didn’t end there, Bingham said. 

“We got to [East’s] house and he had a little car he’d bought from Harry [Sen. Brown] here," Bingham said. "It was a Charger SRT8, which I’d never heard of. And he said, I’d like to take you a ride in this car before you go home.”

“We got out to (Hwy) 52, and there’s a ramp there. Don asked me, says how far do you think it is to the end of the ramp? I said, I don’t know, 300, 400 yards. God knows we were running 145 miles an hour by the time we hit the end of the ramp.”  Senate to tighten rules for sex offender supervision Senate to tighten rules for sex offender supervision

“Then we drove around some of those crooked roads up in his part of the country, and I thought I was gonna push a hole in his floor or tear the door handle off," Bingham joked. "So if any of you do not want a hernia or a hemorrhoid, don’t ride with Don in his T8.” 

Senator East followed up with his own comment: “I plead not guilty.”

You can hear Bingham's story starting at 43:30 in the video at right.


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  • jwbacbapb Jun 7, 2011

    Remember Senator East is one of the ones making so much noise on the state budget and wanting to cut state jobs...and this is the kind of person making decisions for us. Pretty sad. If he has such poor judgment in his personal life to not only endangers himself but others on the road - I can't imagine his judgment is any better for state government.

  • edith wharton Jun 7, 2011

    Sadly, this is the same sort of car the teenagers were killed in on Sunday night in Wake Forest. I suppose it's no safer in the hands of older, more experienced drivers than in the hands of an inexperienced 16 year-old. Those kids paid with their lives. Will anything happen to these servants of the people? No.

  • bimpcc Jun 7, 2011

    They will use Kyle Bush story it is only a toy

  • stanmak Jun 7, 2011

    as soon as i read this headline, i knew it would purge out the trolling libs from under their bridges. i agree, lets through them both out of office for this story that was told at the end of session right before everyone left for the night. lol ;) i need ;) sarcesticles to comment on this quick ;) ;)

  • dlphnwmn8 Jun 7, 2011

    Imagine had they hit another vehicle at 145 MHP. Just as with drunk drivers, they had no right to jepordize others lives not only once, but twice simply for the thrill of it. Immediate action should be taken to charge them, revoke their DL and all other penalties associated with driving more than once at speeds in excess of 100 MPH.

  • Come On_Seriously Jun 7, 2011

    Good to know that these fine senators don't feel the need to lead by example.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jun 7, 2011

    So now that they've admitted to speeds up to 145 MHP, will they have their DL revoked and vehicles confiscated? Will they be ticketed for reckless driving and be subjected to the same revocations, fines, etc. that the rest of us would be???

  • Native_Hillbilly Jun 6, 2011

    Senator East is power mad.