Death Race 2007: internet stunts must be stopped10 Dec 2007

Stunt driving on the public highway.

YouTube, one of the most popular video-hosting sites, states in its community guidelines: “Don’t post videos showing dangerous or illegal acts.” Racing on the public highway is both illegal and dangerous. The RAC Foundation believes these videos must be taken down as soon as they are brought to YouTube’s attention.

Commenting, Sheila Rainger, Head of Campaigns of the RAC Foundation, said:

” Whilst there has always been an inclination for some young drivers to show off by racing on the highway, the information superhighway gives them a worldwide audience. We are concerned that posting film of illegal and dangerous driving on the internet is leading to copycat stunts, drivers trying to beat the records set.

“It is not illegal to show the footage but the RAC Foundation believes that the websites have a moral obligation not to allow it since it encourages dangerous driving. Together with the police we are calling on the video hosting sites to voluntarily remove clips of dangerous driving on the public highway. They do not need to hide behind excuses of censorship or lack of legislation to act on this matter.

Young drivers who want to test their skills at speed should take to the track, not the highway. There are many clubs offering track time, and concerned parents could even give a day out at a track as a gift for under £50. ” Ends