They are up there with tyres-slashing vandals – the wreckless young racers who are driving residents to distraction with their racing antics.
And as if the screeching tyres weren’t bad enough, there are reports that the boy- and girl racers – in Honiton are oiling their tyres to achieve greater wheel spins and smoke as they tear along the roads.
A recent incident resulted in members of the public approaching a group of drivers to ask them to leave the area because of the noise they were making late at night, keeping children awake.
Neighbourhood beat officer PC Ian Atyeo said: “The police in Honiton will be targeting these drivers and put a stop to there dangerous and anti-social driving.
“Section 59/60 of the Police Reform Act 2002 gives officers powers to seize a vehicle when they have reasonable grounds for believing a vehicle that has been or is being used in a manner which contravenes the following legislation:
“Driving in a careless/inconsiderate manner or driving elsewhere other then a road, and is causing / likely to cause alarm / distress or annoyance to members of the public.
“The driver is initially reported for the offence committed and is served with a notice detailing that offence, this notice stays with that vehicle for 12 months from the date of the offence, and is on the police national computer.
“ Should it then commit another offence within 12 months the vehicle will be seized. The owner then has to pay a fixed recovery fine and daily storage fees before he or she can get there car back. This has to be done with seven working days. If this fee is not met the car is disposed of.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office