Sunday 24 February 2019

Scourge of boy racers

Series of dangerous driving incidents over Christmas holidays

Olivia Ryan

There were major concerns about a series of incidents in north Louth involving so called 'boy racers' over the Christmas holidays.

In one incident, which was reported at 8.30pm on Christmas night, an eye witness told the Argus a number of cars were circling the Ballymascanlon Roundabout 'at high speed.' The eyewitness described how vehicles waiting at all entrances to the roundabout had to wait while 'boy racers' sped around each of the lanes.

The driver of one of the cars, a Dublin registered vehicle, was also reported to have had his face partially covered as he took part in dangerous manoeuvres. The incident only came to an end when a garda patrol car arrived on the scene.

North Louth Councillor, Antóin Watters condemned the behaviour, saying: 'The roads were a bit quieter because it was holiday time and these 'racers' took the opportunity to behave recklessly, not only endangering their own lives but anyone else's who may have been on the road.'

He added: 'Cars were being driven at high speeds and drifting, one resident actually witnessed these cars being driven around the roundabout the wrong way at Feede. He warned 'Someone just needs to be out walking or driving by and one of these 'racers' lose control or don't see them until it's too late. It only takes a split second. The 'racers' themselves seem to have no sense of danger but if they hit or injure someone they will have to face the consequences.'

Cllr Watters called for a more visible garda presence in the area. 'Make no mistake, this is anti-social behaviour and a danger to pedestrians, householders and drivers alike. We need to tackle this scourge before it escalates even further and ends up in tragedy.'

The Argus