North-East motorists warned of event planned by modified car enthusiasts (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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North-East motorists warned of event planned by modified car enthusiasts
NORTH-EAST motorists have been warned that hundreds of modified car enthusiasts are expected to take to the road in a convoy along the region’s busiest arterial route tomorrow (Saturday, September 14).
Northumbria Police say they have been made aware that a group of motorists are planning to meet at a car park at the Team Valley Trading Estate at around 5.30pm.
They will then join the A1 and drive south making their way towards Darlington, with their final destination expected to be Rent a Ramp Diy Workshop on the A66, near the town.
The event, advertised on a Facebook page of North East Modified Cars, promises a Summer Madness after-party at a secret location.
The annual cruise is held in memory of two enthusiasts who tragically died and participants are urged by organisers to “always remember, drive safe”.
Police officers say they have contacted the event organiser and raised concerns around the event and given safety advice.
Extra motor patrols officers will be in the Team Valley area on Saturday evening to ensure minimal disruption to other road users and that no offences are committed.
Motor Patrols Chief Inspector George Maratty said: "The safety of everyone using the roads is our priority and the best way for us to ensure minimal disruption to other road users is to work with the organisers to make sure the event takes place safely.
"We have outlined what we expect in terms of their behaviour and vehicle safety and we will have extra officers in the area to try and get the convoy of vehicles on to the A1 and on their way as quickly and safely as possible.
"That section of the A1 is already quite a busy place on a Saturday evening, with people leaving the city and the Metro Centre, so to avoid any delays then people might want to avoid the area between 5pm and 6pm.
"We will not tolerate any anti-social driving and will take action against anyone putting themselves and others at risk. We will also be keeping an eye out for any dangerous or un-road worthy vehicles and will take firm action against anyone found breaking the law."
Inspector Jon Curtis of Durham Constabulary’s road policing unit said: “Durham Constabulary are aware of the event and will deploy road policing vehicles to the proposed route to minimize disruption to road users.”
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