Putting brakes on borough’s boy racers

Neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Foy.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Foy.

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EFFORTS are continuing to put the brakes on boy racers at the coast.

Police officers have been carrying out an operation with extra patrols targeting anti-social drivers following complaints from residents.

They teamed up with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to target any unroadworthy vehicles.

Sergeant Dave Foy, from Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team, said: “We’re happy to welcome drivers into Whitley Bay but our main priority is road safety.

“We’ve used this opportunity to remind drivers to take responsibility for the safety of their vehicles and to make sure they are roadworthy at all times.

“We want to help educate drivers so they’ll make sure they stay safe long after we’ve left.”

During the latest operation last Friday, officers stopped and examined 12 vehicles.

VOSA vehicle examiners issued immediate or delayed prohibition notices on eight vehicles which can be lifted when the defect is rectified.

Drivers whose vehicles had lesser defects, such as minor oil leaks, were given suitable advice.

During the operation officers also highlighted the dangers of driving with excessively darkened windows.

Legally there must be 70 per cent of light coming through the front side windows and 75 per cent through the front windscreen.

Sgt Foy, pictured, added: “Our officers will continue to carry out these checks during the summer period when we see extra traffic coming to the town to keep local people and our visitors safe.”

Over the years, the coastal stretch of road from Tynemouth to St Mary’s Island has been popular with ‘boy racers’, with popular spots for them to meet up being the car parks at the island and at Beaconsfield.

Anyone with concerns about crime or disorder where they live should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.