There's stuff all you can do, put them on a track and they'll still go out and be idiots.
Silly Driving - What Would You Do?
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:41 PM
Im local to this, i went past the aftermath yesterday even. This is the usual story of the minority ruining it for the majority.
The bloke who crashed the mondeo - '****' - Thats all you can say. He has even been kicked out of car clubs before because of his behaviour. I think its interesting that he isnt a young driver (<25) Quoted figures by people at the scene and the supposed bragging of the driver were 110mph+
Personally i have seen the come and go of a few 'cruise' scenes in Medway, like Laker road, (speed bumps stopped this) Lockmeadow, etc and i think this one will just go the same way. Its gonna die out or be forced.
Regarding the trackdays - Lydden hill has open trackdays ALL the time. Brands has all sorts of days on (lots of ford orientated trackdays but not as cheap as lydden). I dont see it as as solution though, most of the people meet up to socialise and look at cars.
In the short term i think Kent police would be doing themselves a favour if every weekend they had a PCSO/PC team of two who attended and got to know everyone and took a zero tolerance policy on racing/drifting. Instantly reporting/photographing the cars in question. (i have had my photo taken by them before with a warning of my car being crushed so it can be done) Much like the riot police at football matches video the crowds to and from the ground loking for troublemakers.
Once my car is back on the road i will be going down there more often but ill stick to being parked up chatting.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:05 PM
Its a sad state of affairs really, as has been said by many, only takes the minority to ruin the majority,
Good idea about Kent Police, but I think they already did that recently, its unfortunate that (as some of the guys here know all too well!) the Police just dont have the budget to stretch that far.
Hopefully his impending punishment may actually be enough to change some of the minority's foolish ways, although it will never affect all.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:22 PM
I believe the statistics are that 90% of traffic offences are committed by 15% of road users, and of that 15% the majority are under 25 and only been driving for an average of 18 months or less.
(at least in the south west anyway).
A lot of 'exuberant' driving is down to lack of experience, showing off and peer pressure.
Proper education and robust but even handed policing do work but you will still find some that will resist and ignore good advice purely because they are too stubborn to consider other road users that are not interested in racing everywhere.
When off duty I often come across young drivers that try to entice other drivers into road races and then zoom off making dangerous high speed direction changes.
I believe that all drivers caught driving like loons should be shown photos of fatal accident scenes where youthful high spirits were considered a major factor.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:34 PM
Probably go on daily road trips because there wouldn't be like 80p a litre in tax
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