Police pledge to act as speeding drivers upload Hindhead Tunnel video

RACING A still from the video uploaded to the internet of the Ferrari going through the tunnel
RACING A still from the video uploaded to the internet of the Ferrari going through the tunnel
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POLICE have pledged to crack down on drivers who are making videos of themselves speeding through the newly-built Hindhead Tunnel and uploading them to YouTube.

A series of clips have been posted on the video-sharing site showing motorists in sports and high-performance vehicles roaring through the £371m tunnel.

SPEED A Ferrari F430 going through the Hindhead Tunnel on opening day

SPEED A Ferrari F430 going through the Hindhead Tunnel on opening day

The videos are taken on mobile phones held by passengers as the cars go through, with drivers revving the engines to make as much noise as possible. Some show the vehicles breaking the 70mph limit.

In one, a vehicle slows as it approaches the tunnel, speeds through it and then slows almost to a standstill at the end in a bid to fool average speed cameras.

The stunts, which are similar to one carried out by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in a tunnel through the Swiss Alps, have been criticised by police who have pledged to crack down on offenders.

Surrey police neighbourhood Sergeant Jason Clifford said: ‘We will not tolerate people driving dangerously through the tunnel.

‘The speed limit is there for drivers’ safety and anyone driving in this way may face arrest for careless driving.’

The police force has set up a series of extra patrols of the 1.1 mile tunnel, its entrances and exits.

And even though many clips show some drivers are not breaking the speed limit, police have confirmed they will take action against those who are creating as much noise as possible to echo around the tunnel.

One Aston Martin driver on YouTube commented: ‘You can stay within the limit. The Aston “red lines” at 65mph in second gear.’

But Sgt Clifford said: ‘Driving deliberately noisily is anti-social. We will not tolerate it.

‘We would like to send a message to those thinking about using the tunnel for this purpose that they will be dealt with robustly. Anyone caught speeding or driving noisily may face arrest.Vehicles will also be checked for any defects.’