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Police target boy drifters

PUBLISHED: 18:03 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 11 August 2010

POLICE have cracked down on highway racers and reckless drivers in a two-day blitz operation in Barking and Dagenham. Fifty-seven cars were stopped, two men arrested and two vehicles seized during the raids as part of Operation Cruiser on Friday and Satur

POLICE have cracked down on highway racers and reckless drivers in a two-day blitz operation in Barking and Dagenham.

Fifty-seven cars were stopped, two men arrested and two vehicles seized during the raids as part of Operation Cruiser on Friday and Saturday, May 23-24.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's traffic unit and Safer Neighbourhoods teams from Barking and Dagenham and Romford patrolled trouble spots along the A13 within the borough, which were known to attract car racers and "drifters".

Cars were stopped for offences such as dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Two men in their thirties were arrested on Friday, May 23, for drink driving and handling stolen goods.

Police said that drivers had caused deliberate road blocks, skidding and "dangerous manoeuvres" in those sections of the trunk road in the past, seriously injuring both bystanders and themselves during races.

Chief Inspector Paul Hand of the Met's Northeast Traffic Unit said: "The practice of so called "Drifting" on the public highway is highly dangerous to drivers, other road users and pedestrians.

"Our message is clear, dangerous driving will not be tolerated."

'Drifting' is a dangerous driving technique in which the driver sharply turns his car sideways.

'Skidding', is caused when braking too hard, over-accelerating or when all four wheels drift or slide off course.

A spokesperson for the police said this was a new phenomenon similar to 'boy-racing'.


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