Police crackdown on Carlisle boy racers
Last updated at 15:10, Friday, 24 September 2010
Cumbria police launched a double crackdown in their fight against nuisance drivers in Carlisle and Penrith.
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Going by the comments left already it sounds like there are still a lot of hard feelings towards all car enthusiasts. Some people mention âboy racersâ which is what this article is about going by the behaviour, but some mention young drivers which puts every car enthusiast into the same category of being a problem. Perhaps it's something that will never change but as a car enthusiast myself and speaking for a lot of other car enthusiasts out there, we really donât want to be labelled this way. Some of the negative comments I can understand as there must be nothing worse than having horns blaring, revving engines and screeching tyres constantly going past your door or in the car park outside. I would be complaining myself. A police crack down on this behaviour can only be a good thing as these kind of drivers known as âboy racersâ are also a big problem for us car enthusiasts.The following behaviour is just stupidity and the boy racers involved deserve everything they get: âPolice investigated allegations that motorcyclists were breaching the terms of their licence, riding without insurance or without a crash helmet.ââDrivers were also stopped on suspicion of having cars with illegally tinted windows, using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seatbelts or misusing fog lamps.ââA driver was arrested for allegedly making off from patrols and driving along a one-way street without lights.âMany people, as you can see from the comments here think all car enthusiasts drive like idiots and are a big nuisance. There is a big difference between a boy racer and a car enthusiast. A car enthusiast is someone who spends a lot of time and money on their pride and joy, whether it's to win trophies, take part in track days or just too simply enjoy. They do not want to waste it by doing something stupid, why blast your horn or screech your tyres to get attention when the tidiness and quality of your own car gets all the attention it needs. Boy racers more than likely have a car which doesn't quite catch the eye and a few dints here or there doesn't matter, they run it into the ground and they buy another. Look at the film Grease, an iconic family film about modifying cars and street racing, loved by many, yet those in reality who modify a car are a nuisance to society.Everyone has a hobby, whether it's reading, fishing, clubbing or golf. Our's just happens to be cars, and unfortunately we are put in the same category as the idiot drivers out there who give us a bad reputation. If we were to head for town every weekend to drink or take drugs or vandalise things I could understand the negative comments towards us but we donât. Like every hobby it has to be carried out somewhere, we organise our meets and events at locations away from residential areas so there is no cause for complaint. There is nothing wrong with chatting to other car enthusiasts in a car park in town centres as long as they are quiet, most of the time the public donât know they are there.Why donât those who label us all âboy racersâ come along to one of our events and see for themselves what a car enthusiast is. As always the public are very welcome. Check out www.cruisewestcumbria.co.uk for more details.
To be fairly honest i have a modified car all declared and all legal.when im in carlisle parked in the afformentioned carpark im not acting in any way anti social. im not loud, i dont wheelspin and the lights are even turned off at 12pm and everyone leaves.i agree there are a few that let the side down and act dangerous and have no respect for others saftey and the law and they deserve all they get.ive personally whitnesses motorbikes with no helmet and no registration plates/lights ect, cars wheelspinning and driving about irrisponcibly.i dont condone nor associate with these people and i welcome the police to the carparks of carlsile. the law is there for a reason and it should be upheld. if a police car was parked in the corner only there for the reason to stop illegal cars (non insured not taxed ect) then the road would be a safer place, this isnt just about the branded 'boy racer' scene it applies to the general public aswell.
think about it, if your car is legaly modified then what have you got to worry about? and when the police cant get you for anything they will leave. just because there there wont stop you chatting and having meets. and to be honest we get watched on cctv anyway so they know whats going on.
I dive 12 mile to come though to carlisle of a night time to drive tho to see my mates , im not one of these "boy racers" i park up most of the night , yeh i do a few laps of the town , but i dissagree with MOST of your comments below , what about the car enthusiasts, They park up and dont want there car damaged by "Boy racers" raceing around town , It dose not say in the artical about the people who park up , and talk ,
Well i was in St Nicholas Gate car park at the time when they were carrying out this "opperation" most of the time they were just stopping people . That had a loud exshaust , Tinted windows or had fog lights on , they pulled my mate who had put DRL`s on his front bumper and they pulled him for haveing his front fogs on , They even had the speed gun out , and testing Every one who passed
There is only about 20% of people that will park up and talk to there mates
I know when i go there im parked up for most of the night sat talking to my mates,
I think if more police passed though there will be less messing around,