Magistrates fine two careless drivers

Men racing between roundabouts use road as stunt track

Men racing between roundabouts use road as stunt track

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Two men caught on camera using a main road as a stunt track have been prosecuted.

Danny Neville and William Smith performed skids and raced between roundabouts in their high powered cars on the A24.

A series of complaints had been made about motorists using the Great Daux roundabout at Horsham to perform ‘drifting’ manoeuvres, where cars are deliberately made to spin or slide across the road by their drivers.

Roads policing officers were on duty with handheld cameras at 1am on January 18 when a silver Toyota Supra and a purple Nissan 200 began drifting around the roundabout.

As well as being dangerous for the drivers and other road users, drifting is noisy and disturbed residents living close to the A24.

Neville and Smith were both charged with careless driving and appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court.

Neville, 54, of Bridge Street, Leatherhead, was given seven points on his licence. He was told to pay a £750 fine, £100 costs and a £75 victim surcharge.

Smith, 22, of Eight Acres, Hindhead, was banned from driving for 28 days, fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

Inspector Phil Nicholas said: “This manner of driving had unfortunately become increasingly common in the area of the Great Daux roundabout.

“This has had a massive impact not only on other drivers, but on victims who have been blighted by the noise.

“The court case has shown that we are willing to prosecute drivers who show no regard for safety.

“It sends out the message that if you drive irresponsibly we will use everything possible to take you to court."

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4:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

I_LOVE_TRAVELLERS says...

Wow what a great catch, Sussex Police. Well done the boys in blue!!!

Seriously though doing this at 1am with no other cars on the road (and distance to see other cars clearly) whats the problem? A bit of noise?
Wow what a great catch, Sussex Police. Well done the boys in blue!!! Seriously though doing this at 1am with no other cars on the road (and distance to see other cars clearly) whats the problem? A bit of noise? I_LOVE_TRAVELLERS
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5:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

I_LOVE_TRAVELLERS wrote:
Wow what a great catch, Sussex Police. Well done the boys in blue!!!

Seriously though doing this at 1am with no other cars on the road (and distance to see other cars clearly) whats the problem? A bit of noise?
Yeah exactly, you should be able to have a little fun if you can. It didnt cause any harm and there were no other cars around so I dont see an issue here. Oh a few neighbours got woken up what a shame.
[quote][p][bold]I_LOVE_TRAVELLERS[/bold] wrote: Wow what a great catch, Sussex Police. Well done the boys in blue!!! Seriously though doing this at 1am with no other cars on the road (and distance to see other cars clearly) whats the problem? A bit of noise?[/p][/quote]Yeah exactly, you should be able to have a little fun if you can. It didnt cause any harm and there were no other cars around so I dont see an issue here. Oh a few neighbours got woken up what a shame. Hoarder12345444
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8:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Don't worry guys, a certain MP of a certain hue will complain that Police were underhand by using surveillance and will campaign to get your convictions overturned.
Don't worry guys, a certain MP of a certain hue will complain that Police were underhand by using surveillance and will campaign to get your convictions overturned. NickBrt
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