Speed junkies use Enfield road as drag race strip

Speed junkies use Enfield road as drag race strip

Caught on camera: police catch up to 20 people speeding every Sunday on the A10

People from all over the UK have been coming to the piece of road that leads onto the M25

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Police have warned that thrill seekers who flock to Enfield from around the country to use a main road as a drag strip will face justice.

Every Sunday evening speed junkies of all ages flock to the A10 Great Cambridge Road to see who can post the fastest time on the stretch between Carterhatch Lane and the M25 junction.

But the motorists' Mecca is now being heavily scrutinized by Enfield Police and the Metropolitan Police's North East traffic unit, who say they will show no mercy.

One traffic unit officer, who declined to be named to protect his identity for future operations, revealed that police catch as many as 20 drivers every Sunday.

He said: “People come down and post their times on YouTube, like a Top Gear leader board.”

Most recently, professional chauffeur Mark Singer, 38 from Islington was caught doing speeds of 92mph in a 40mph zone on the A10.

The 38 year old was arrested for dangerous driving and speeding and subsequently banned from driving for 18 months after pleading guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates on June 21.

Despite the craze taking off massively in the past 12 months, the traffic unit will show no tolerance.

The traffic officer said: “We want people to know that we will seize people’s cars and they will lose their insurance. We will utilise every means at our disposal to make this a safer borough.”

People living near the road say they are kept awake by the noise and fear an accident if the unofficial time trialling continues.

William Taylor, 58, lives in Severn Drive just off the A10. He said: “It is just not on. I can hear them coming from a mile away. Someone could get seriously hurt if this continues.”

A Hoe Lane added: “The noise is unbearable, some of us have to work on Monday and it is impossible to sleep with the sound of the cars going at ridiculous speeds.”

Another Met Police officer recommended educating motorists to stop them speeding.

He added: “Ultimately this could end up in a fatality; there is a total disregard for the roads from these people.

"We are putting people before the courts regularly, and this shows the residents that we are doing something about this.”

 

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3:31pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Enfieldian14 says...

I live right nex to this stretch of the A10 and can't say that I suffer any particular noise nuisance. It does need to be stopped though, as it is extremely dangerous. If motorists want to speed they should try a track day event and not a main road. It is only time before there is an accident - and I would bet that an innocent motorist will be a victim.
I live right nex to this stretch of the A10 and can't say that I suffer any particular noise nuisance. It does need to be stopped though, as it is extremely dangerous. If motorists want to speed they should try a track day event and not a main road. It is only time before there is an accident - and I would bet that an innocent motorist will be a victim. Enfieldian14
  • Score: 5

3:52pm Tue 30 Jul 13

ponderman says...

proper banging innit, crank up the Scooby to the max
proper banging innit, crank up the Scooby to the max ponderman
  • Score: -10

4:03pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Enfield101 says...

This has been going on for the last 5 years and it just gets worse in the summer. The councils answer is to build another drive thru on the A10, to give the boy racers even more choice to stop and do some burnouts. I'll believe it when Isee it
This has been going on for the last 5 years and it just gets worse in the summer. The councils answer is to build another drive thru on the A10, to give the boy racers even more choice to stop and do some burnouts. I'll believe it when Isee it Enfield101
  • Score: 2

6:44pm Tue 30 Jul 13

John Forsyth says...

I suggest they just increase the amount of hours they have lanes blocked for centre hedge cutting there. I can't believe how many days are affected for this. They even close lanes on that stretch for litter picking. Its a main road/motorway connection for goodness sake. Or they could put in speed humps. I'm so used to bumping up and down in the surrounding area that when you are no longer doing so I think something is wrong.
I suggest they just increase the amount of hours they have lanes blocked for centre hedge cutting there. I can't believe how many days are affected for this. They even close lanes on that stretch for litter picking. Its a main road/motorway connection for goodness sake. Or they could put in speed humps. I'm so used to bumping up and down in the surrounding area that when you are no longer doing so I think something is wrong. John Forsyth
  • Score: 0

9:27pm Tue 30 Jul 13

ponderman says...

Increase the speed limit to 90mph.
Increase the speed limit to 90mph. ponderman
  • Score: -7

11:25am Fri 2 Aug 13

Andy_Pagin says...

It's not just the speed that's the issue, many of these drivers are both extremely childish and incompetent, their erratic driving resembles something out of a computer game and it's only sheer luck and other drivers skills at veering out of their way that's preventing accidents.
It's not just the speed that's the issue, many of these drivers are both extremely childish and incompetent, their erratic driving resembles something out of a computer game and it's only sheer luck and other drivers skills at veering out of their way that's preventing accidents. Andy_Pagin
  • Score: 3

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