Death Race 2007 - Stunts must stop
An illegal street racing culture is being promoted on many internet sites and will lead to escalating
numbers of deaths if not stopped, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation.
The extent of the problem will be revealed in ‘Tonight With Trevor McDonald’ to be shown on ITV at 10pm on
Tuesday 11 December and features comment from the Foundation’s director, Edmund King. The investigation
reveals a growing trend amongst young drivers and motorcyclists to film themselves racing, speeding and driving
dangerously on the public highway.
Incidents include: A motorcyclist filming himself whist hitting 176 mph. Police are still hunting for this biker and if he´s caught
he would be Britain´s fastest speeder. Speeding driver, Naythan Campbell, the first man to be prosecuted on video evidence and to go to prison for
such an offence. He hit 140 on the M65. Surfing on the top of a car. Stunt driving on the public highway.
YouTube, one of the most popular video-hosting sites, states in its community guidelines: “Don’t post videos
showing dangerous or illegal acts." Racing on the public highway is both illegal and dangerous. The RAC
Foundation believes these videos must be taken down as soon as they are brought to YouTube’s attention.
Commenting, Sheila Rainger, Head of Campaigns of the RAC Foundation, said:
“ Whilst there has always been an inclination for some young drivers to show off by racing on the highway, the
information superhighway gives them a worldwide audience. We are concerned that posting film of illegal and
dangerous driving on the internet is leading to copycat stunts, drivers trying to beat the records set.
“It is not illegal to show the footage but the RAC Foundation believes that the websites have a moral
obligation not to allow it since it encourages dangerous driving. Together with the police we are calling on the
video hosting sites to voluntarily remove clips of dangerous driving on the public highway. They do not need to
hide behind excuses of censorship or lack of legislation to act on this matter.
"Young drivers who want to test their skills at speed should take to the track, not the highway. There are many
clubs offering track time, and concerned parents could even give a day out at a track as a gift for under £50. "