December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Car lovers with a need for speed have been given the chance to test their motors on the straights and chicanes of a top level race track at a police-led event.
Attleborough Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Snetterton race track offered young drivers the chance to push their cars to the limits on a specially designed slalom track.
The drivers tried to beat the clock as part of an event to foster relationships between the drivers and police.
Pc Paul Borman, from Attleborough SNT, said the day offered an opportunity to let the drivers make their mistakes on the track, rather than on the public highway.
“We wanted to engage with new drivers in a light-hearted, informal setting where they could have fun.
“Getting out on the track has given them a chance to realise what their cars can and can’t do and what their limitations are as drivers.
“There’s a slightly competitive element with the timed laps though so hopefully they will enjoy it,” he said.
Ambulance and fire crews were also involved, offering demonstrations and advice of their role in road accident rescue.
Paramedics showed the drivers how they would remove a trapped casualty and gave advice on emergency situations.
Breckland Police took the opportunity to show off the car donated to them by Lotus, now used to help simulate how dangerous distractions can be while driving.
Norfolk County Council’s “Skid Car” was also on site, with the chance to sign up for a session.
Chris Baker, 24, from Norwich, was one of a number of young drivers invited to the event as part of the Street Elite Cruiserz.
The group of car enthusiasts meet at sanctioned events, and Mr Baker said he welcomed engagement with the police.
“We want to work with the police because we’re not boy racers, we just love cars.
“The day has been about more than just doing a lap of the circuit and I think everyone has enjoyed it,” he said.