Modified car enthusiasts are taught all about road safety

Meres community safety partnership event at SKDC Stadium car park. 705B
Meres community safety partnership event at SKDC Stadium car park. 705B
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THE roar of revving engines filled the air at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham on Thursday evening as modified car enthusiasts gathered in the car park.

Pimped out cars of all shapes, sizes and makes parked up at the meet, which was the finale of a series of meets organised by Grantham’s Community Safety Partnership.

Meres community safety partnership event at SKDC Stadium car park. 705B

Meres community safety partnership event at SKDC Stadium car park. 705B

The partnership has held several over the last six months in an attempt to crack down on ‘boy racer’ and other car-related anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Mel Sinnott, ASB co-ordinator at South Kesteven District Council, said: “We had problems with vehicles parking in retail car parks and whatnot. We got quite a few complaints about it.

“We decided, as a joint agency, to try and do something positive and engage with the young people of Grantham.”

Some drivers at the meet had been referred after committing ASB offences, while others were invited to go along to be educated on road safety and illegal car modifications.

During the event, the group watched a realistic enactment of a road traffic collision by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire Police and LIVES. Firefighters cut the roof of a car to free the ‘casualties’ inside, treated by a LIVES doctor and nurse, while the ‘driver’ was arrested.

Many of those at the meet were members of Grantham-based club East Midlands Modified.

Member John O’Connor, 25, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, said: “Events like this are valuable. It’s good for us to have a place to go.

“Being a member of the club is great on the social side, but we do get a bad reputation. There are some people in town who drive around like idiots and people associate anyone with loud exhaust as driving like that all the time.

“We would like to see more understanding from other people.”