Walker death ‘sparks il­le­gal rac­ing’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEKEND AR­GUS REPORTER

YOUNG men and women are putting their lives at risk by driv­ing dan­ger­ously on the roads in hon­our of late Fast and Fu­ri­ous star Paul Walker.

“Car meets”, which in­clude drag rac­ing, have been held around the world to hon­our Walker who died, along with his friend Roger Ro­das last month when their car, a 2005 Porsche Car­rera GT, crashed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, Cal­i­for­nia.

Sev­eral days later, car meets were held around the world, in­clud­ing in Dur­ban, at­tract­ing hun­dreds of driv­ers with mod­i­fied cars. Me­mo­rial car meets were also held at the Hol­ly­wood sites of some of the scenes from the movies, with peo­ple warn­ing one another of po­lice of­fi­cials who were “gun­ning” for reck­less driv­ers.

eThek­wini Metro Po­lice, mean­while, are try­ing to clamp down on the il­le­gal rac­ing.

“This is one of the pri­or­ity ar­eas of our en­force­ment area. Ev­ery weekend there are deaths re­sult­ing from this lu­nacy, it just can’t go on,” said Metro Po­lice spokesman Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Eugene Msomi.

He said peo­ple caught drag rac­ing would be crim­i­nally charged with reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing.

Kas Mood­ley, pres­i­dent of KwaZulu- Natal Mo­tor Rac­ing, said he had not been aware of any il­le­gal drag rac­ing events to re­mem­ber Walker.

More car meets are ex­pected to be held this weekend around the world, when Walker’s ashes are set to be in­terred at Hol­ly­wood’s For­est Lawn Me­mo­rial Park.

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