YouTube Speeders Condemned

Biker appears to hit 189mph on YouTube
Biker appears to hit 189mph on YouTube
Police are to crack down on the increasing number of drivers who film themselves breaking the speed limit, it has been reported.

The number of young people who use mobile phones to video themselves driving recklessly is on the increase and officers have warned they will be prosecuted if caught.

The footage often ends up on video-sharing sites such as YouTube.

The craze is growing all over the country and police have warned young drivers are risking their lives to make the films.

Earlier in January we bought you news of a motorcyclist apparently doing 189mph on a public road.

It is a particular problem in Fife and a film of a driver doing over 100mph on a rural road is now being examined by officers.

The footage shows the man’s face and officers are now attempting to trace him.

Head of roads policing, Ch Insp Alex Duncan, told the BBC Scotland news website: ‘Driving is a serious responsibility and you've got to have all parts of your brain thinking about driving to make sure that you're safe and other road users are safe.

‘If you're doing that [filming], you're not concentrating on the road and that, at the end of the day, is what's going to keep you safe.’

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  • gifdy 18 Jan 2008

    Good to see the Copper stressing the lack of concentration rather than the speed being the dangerous element !

    You also need to question whether these people who post clips of themselves breaking the law on public websites have brains in the first place.

  • toohuge 18 Jan 2008

    If the police view these tapes to be reliable evidence, then surely if you change your speedo and set it say 15mph slower than it actually is and film yourself getting caught speeding do you think they will use the exvidence?

    I suppose that it shows that it is safe to drive at those speeds though!

  • Tony*T3 18 Jan 2008

    The police should spend less time watching Utube and more time patrolling the roads.

  • B(Route) 18 Jan 2008

    Its easy to do this on a bike. The guy will have had a 'Ram'camera mount or something similar holding the camera, so its not like hes holding the camera whilst riding. I'm also pretty sure he will be concentrating and observing his soroundings 10 times harder than the vast majority of roads users ever do.

    Showing his face on the video was perhaps the stupidist thing he has ever done.

  • ar0u2211 18 Jan 2008

    toohuge said:
    I suppose that it shows that it is safe to drive at those speeds though!
    yikes Really?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! yikes

    I don't think I would trust myself at those speeds and I think I'm a hell of alot better than most! Don't get me wrong I think the speed limit is a little too low for many but you look at some of the numb nuts on the road and you'll doubt their capabilties walking in a straight line never mind doing 100mph plus on 2 or four wheels! soapbox

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