Motorists driving in illegal street races have been slapped with a combined total of over 300 years worth of driving bans, in a new crackdown by West Midlands Police.
Over 250 people have been clocked in such races, with some even reaching speeds of up to 120 mph. Many have already started their bans, whilst others have received fines of up to £2,000 after a visit to court.
Some of the offenders included a 60 year-old man from Solihull, a 53 year-old man from Birmingham, and a 26 year old man from Lichfield, who was fined £2,000 and slapped with an 18 month driving ban after being clocked in his high-powered BMW at speeds of over 100mph.
The crackdown began after a succession of innocent drivers demanded the police act on the issue after being caught up in the illegal street races. close to the M6 Motorway. West Midlands Police then set up a variety of cameras nearby the popular Star City Complex in Birmingham, in a covert operation to apprehend the felons.
In order to stem the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of accidents caused by careless drivers, temporary traffic calming barriers have been erected in the vehicle racing hotspots.
PC Paul Bieliauskas warned others that the operations will continue to catch others travelling at excess speeds, as they are “dicing with death” and putting innocent lives at risk.
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