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Police warning as car enthusiasts plan meets

Police warning as car enthusiasts plan meets

Police warning as car enthusiasts plan meets

South Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to local car enthusiasts as lock-down restrictions ease and many begin planning meets.

A statement issued by the force said that those planning to attend car cruises should be aware that “action will be taken.”

The first national lock-down saw a significant increase in car meets.

Officers are expecting to see a similar trend as the warm weather approaches.

Roads Policing Sergeant Brandon Brown said:

“We are traffic officers and car enthusiasts ourselves, and we understand people’s passion for wanting to meet, admire each other’s work and come together. What we do not condone is the use of our roads for anti-social behaviour and poor driving.

“The anti-social behaviour associated with car meets causes concern for the residents of South Yorkshire and we need to ensure that they are not affected by noise, pollution or damage to our roads infrastructure.

“There are still restrictions on gatherings due to Covid and organisers may still be responsible for large fines, as well as the gatherings being unsafe for participants and the wider public. We will take enforcement action where necessary.

“Dispersal powers can and will be used against those that gather and act anti-socially and checks will be conducted against drivers’ insurance, licence and car modifications. Those driving anti-socially may find themselves prosecuted and cars seized under the Police Reform Act Section 59.”

Anyone with information about car meets is asked to call 101 or report online via the SYP website.

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