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Boy Racer Crackdown

BOY racers in Stranraer town centre are being targeted for action by police.

Last week they struck with six men being reported for a total of 26 offences. And Inspector Ian Cowie, who heads police in the area has promised more of the same.

It was on Tuesday night that police targeted areas around Stranraer town centre and seafront.

Offences being reported include careless driving, causing excessive engine noise and having no insurance. One driver was even allegedly seen typing a text message on his mobile phone while driving. This week Inspector Cowie, told the Free Press:

"We will continue to respond to community complaints on anti-social driver behaviour that not only causes noise nuisance, but is often dangerous.

"It is disappointing that the lessons of a similar campaign last year have not been learned by some, but I would warn them to stop now before they find themselves liable to substantial fines and perhaps eventual disqualification from driving".

He added:

"Convictions for certain driving offences may also greatly increase insurance premiums".

And the Inspector warned:

"Soon to be introduced Anti-Social Behaviour legislation will give the police further powers to seize and seek forfeiture of vehicles driven by habitual offenders".

Police will focus on this issue over coming weeks to cut the potential for road crashes and promote more responsible driver behaviour.

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