Police tackle drifting drivers at DIRFT near Daventry

The police were out in force at DIRFT on Sunday night to try and tackle motorists racing around the area.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 18th August 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 19th August 2016, 12:50 pm

The relatively straight dual carriageways of DIRFT have been attracting drivers of modified and high performance cars for some time, usually on alternate Sunday nights.

Dozens of cars can be seen parked along the roads, some blocking or restricting traffic coming on and off the roundabouts.

Others engage in races along the roads or drifting – controlled skidding around corners – posing a danger to themselves, the crowds who stand on central reservations and roundabouts, and other road users who are not aware what is going on.

Residents of the nearby villages of Crick and Kilsby have also complained about noise and antisocial driving, not just at DIRFT itself, but as cars arrive and leave along roads passing through their villages.

Police have been aware of the issue for some time, and have tried to clamp down on the problem. But last Sunday saw officers called out in numbers to DIRFT.

Marked and unmarked cars parked up, and roads were closed to restrict the antisocial motorists.

Special cars armed with CCTV and number plate recognition equipment were set up to monitor activities and record evidence of dangerous or antisocial driving, and track cars that may be on the road without paying tax, having insurance or holding an MOT, or owned by drivers linked to other crimes.

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to DIRFT on Sunday following reports of speeding and dangerous driving in the area.

“Illegal street racing and motor vehicle nuisance will not be tolerated and officers continue to gather information on those involved and will seize vehicles and prosecute drivers where necessary.

“This type of activity is extremely dangerous and puts at risk the lives and safety of not just those involved but other road users as well.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Daventry police on 101.”