Police send almost 30 prosecution notices over ‘reckless’ car meets in Bristol

‘We are not targeting car enthusiasts’

Police have issued almost 30 prosecution notices to drivers suspected of being involved in ‘reckless’ car meets in Bristol.

A total of 17 notices have been sent to people over the large gathering of drivers on the Downs on June 12, when the area was damaged by vehicles drifting on the grass.

Nine notices have also been sent to drivers in relation to other car meets, including one Avonmouth on the same day at the Downs meet.

The force said the lighter evenings during the summer months meant car meets were becoming popular - but said the events led to dangerous driving.

A car drifting across the Downs. Pic: evssv.

Acting Chief Inspector Andy Barry said: “We are not targeting car enthusiasts. What we are doing is taking action against motorists who unacceptably think it is fine to drive recklessly, risking their safety and that of pedestrians and other road users.

“I’m sure the public will welcome the action taken against these irresponsible drivers and anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle either without the necessary insurance or that is not roadworthy.

“By penalising those who commit offences, we hope to send a strong message out that dangerous drivers are not welcome in Avon and Somerset.”

Anyone who encounters any dangerous driving is asked to report it to us or alternatively dashcam footage can be uploaded through our website.