Boy racers organise Fast & Furious meet-ups in UK because they’re bored of lockdown
A new plague of bored boy racers is driving Brits round the bend, says the AA.
The motoring organisation warns the meet-ups, often held at night, have soared in popularity since the first lockdown.
Road campaigners say lives could be at risk.
The AA’s Luke Bosdet said: “In the early days of lockdown there was a particular problem with drivers turning motorways into race tracks.
“Whereas the police quickly cracked down on motorway speeding, we’re concerned these cruising-style events appear to be proliferating out from the cities into rural areas, where local kids have discovered their roads are much quieter at night.”
There has been a surge of interest in “car cruises” since the success of 2001 film The Fast and the Furious and its sequels.
Police across the country have been dealing with complaints of racing on public roads. Film of the supercharged cars is then shared online.
One video on Facebook showed a driver hurtling along a motorway at speeds of up to 164mph.
People near Box Hill, Surrey, one of the country’s best known beauty spots, have been plagued by Fast and Furious-style race meetings for months.
One said: “It’s a public road, not a Formula One race track! There are pedestrians with children, ramblers, dog walkers and bikers. Cycling at weekends means pedalling through clouds of exhaust fumes.
“Some of them drive [from] 60 miles away just to come and speed up and down our roads, skidding all over the place.”
Surrey Police have spoken to more than 200 drivers and issued 22 warnings on the A24 near Box Hill. Four vehicles were seized in 300 stop-checks in August.
Surrey police and crime commissioner David Munro said: “There are a minority of people who have been causing misery for local residents.”
Road safety campaign Brake said more than 70 people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads each day and added: “The number of deaths on our roads has not improved in a decade – this is simply unacceptable.”
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