Police target boy racers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 October 2011

(click on image for larger view) Police Drink Drive Check Point, Beach Rd, WsM. Morning After Checks. Police Cars.

(click on image for larger view) Police Drink Drive Check Point, Beach Rd, WsM. Morning After Checks. Police Cars.

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BOY racers in Cheddar Gorge are being targeted as part of a new police clamp-down on their dangerous driving.

The gorge has long suffered from men speeding through its roads and driving dangerously as well as littering from their cars.

Men aged between 17-30 meet in their cars at the gorge every Sunday.

Last Sunday more than 40 cars were seen there.

Most of them are law-abiding, but some drivers race each other and perform dangerous drifts.

Residents in the village have complained about loud noise and excessive littering in the gorge.

They also said that many of the drivers speed through the village, which has a 20mph limit, to get to the gorge.

But police will put more officers on patrol in the area on Sundays.

The officers are also hoping to team up with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the body responsible for granting MOTs and ensuring cars are road legal.

Police plan to go into the gorge with officers from VOSA later this month and pull over cars suspected to be fitted with illegal parts, such as very large exhausts.

They will have the power to seize illegal cars or issue on-the-spot fines.

Police will also be able to issue tickets forcing drivers to make changes to their cars within 14 days – or end up in court.

Cheddar Police Constable Kat Forrest said: “We are happy for anyone to visit this village as long as they do not break the law or cause people alarm or distress.

“We will not tolerate people who do not respect the community or the law.”

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