Car meets are when car enthusiast meet up at a particular location to showcase vehicles and discuss engines, design and all things relating to automobiles.
However, following recent concerns from communities and reports of anti-social behaviour and speeding, officers from Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon Team are reminding the public to stay safe and act in accordance with the law when attending these meets.
Operation Dragoon Sergeant Phil Emmerson said: “The vast majority of car enthusiasts do not cause issues for other road users or local residents. However, there is a minority who have no regard for the safety of other road users and the consideration of local residents.
“Recently we have seen issues at and around Mermaid car park in Blyth, St Marys lighthouse in Whitley Bay and on the A193 Links Road.
“Those who choose to meet in appropriate locations, with land owner’s consent, and socialise in an acceptable and reasonable manner will be supported in this right.
“However, those who feel that they can use roads as race tracks and carparks or industrial estates as performance areas will be dealt with robustly.
“Anyone who feels the need to act in an anti-social manner or disturb the local community through noise will also be dealt with swiftly.”
Those found driving in a careless or dangerous manner, causing unnecessary noise or acting in an anti-social manner could see action taken against them in the form of vehicle seizures, fixed penalty tickets, dispersals and where necessary arrests.
Where appropriate, officers may also speak to your insurance company about vehicle modifications to ensure all have been done legally.
Sgt Emmerson added: “If you act and drive a safe and legal car in a reasonable manner, showing respect to the local community, then you will not be stopped any more than any other driver.”
“But be warned, the courts take disorderly and dangerous driving seriously and the impact this can have on a driver’s livelihood cannot be measured. Vehicles can be seized, fines issued, licences lost and drivers can even find themselves behind bars.
“Be respectful and safe – the consequences just aren’t worth it.”
- Switch off your engine and headlights when you park up.
- Show consideration to local residents by keeping the volume and bass on your audio equipment down to a reasonable level, particularly at night.
- Keep other noise to a respectful level, remembering how far sound can travel at night and that people leave their windows open at night in warm weather.
- Moderate your language and show some respect for families living nearby.
PLEASE DO NOT
- Rev your engines, spin your wheels or create other unnecessary noise.
- Play loud music, shout or use bad language within hearing of others.
- Race each other, drive at excess speed or “drift” or do “doughnuts” in car parks or on roads.
- Use dangerous window tints on front side windows or illegal registration plates.