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'Boy racers' given safety warning

Boy racer
Boy racers have been warned to stop performing reckless driving stunts

So-called boy racers who have been performing dangerous stunts and posting them on the internet have been warned to stop before someone gets killed.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said there was a "growing trend" of young drivers posting videos of their reckless driving on websites.

Emergency teams staged a mock crash in Rochester to show young revellers the reality of being in a collision.

KFRS said it was taking road safety schemes to where young people gathered.

'Schools and night-spots'

Education manager Alexa Kersting-Woods said: "Our experience tells us that young people rarely attend safety events such as open days.

"This campaign aims to take road safety education right to the places where they are already gathered, for example car parks, schools and night-spots."

She said emergency crews wanted young drivers and passengers to be responsible for their own and others' safety while driving.

Statistics from KFRS said that one in three young male drivers will write off their car in their first year of driving, and the biggest killer of teenage girls was the driving of teenage boys.

KFRS said a quarter of the convictions for causing death by dangerous driving were for drivers under 20 years old.




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