Sunday 15 September, 2019

Update: Drifter in viral video charged for dangerous driving

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Update July 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm: 

A driver who was seen drifting on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in a viral video was charged and fined by police. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service said in a statement issued Thursday that race car driver Reagan Birbal, of San Fernando, turned himself in and was charged with the offence of dangerous driving.

Birbal was seen drifting on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in a video shared online on July 21, 2019.

He paid a $3,000 fine for the offence in the San Fernando Traffic Court. 

On Thursday morning, Trinidad and Tobago Automobile Sports Association (TTASA) condemned Birbal's actions and said drivers should operate in a safe environment. 

In a statement, the group said that Birbal's actions showed 'scant regard' for the safety of others. 

“The management of TTASA would like to inform the public that we are aware of a video being circulated on social media exhibiting a ‘drift’ display by Reagan Birbal. It is to be noted that the Association has zero tolerance for this type of activity and actively strives toward promoting a safe environment for all motorsport at the Wallerfield International Raceway.”

“The Association is deeply disheartened…considering multiple discussions with the individual within the last two months concerning similar behaviour.”

“These actions reflect scant regard for the safety of other drivers on the nation’s roadway and for motorsport in general as it conflicts TTASA’s motorsport agenda,” the group said.

The TTPS said it commended TTASA's commitment to safety and urged others to resist speeding on the nation's roadways. 

 

Original story:

The Trinidad and Tobago Automobile Sport Association (TTASA) condemned a viral video in which a driver was seen drifting on a street in Trinidad, raising questions about safety. 

In a statement issued Thursday, the organisation said it was ‘disheartened’ by the actions of the driver as they said they spoke to the person before about this.

“The management of TTASA would like to inform the public that we are aware of a video being circulated on social media exhibiting a ‘drift’ display by (driver’s name omitted). It is to be noted that the Association has zero tolerance for this type of activity and actively strives toward promoting a safe environment for all motorsport at the Wallerfield International Raceway.”

“The Association is deeply disheartened…considering multiple discussions with the individual within the last two months concerning similar behaviour.”

“These actions reflect scant regard for the safety of other drivers on the nation’s roadway and for motorsport in general as it conflicts TTASA’s motorsport agenda,” the group said.

TTASA said there is a 2019 Drift Championship as well as multiple non-competition days at the Wallerfield International Raceway and invited the driver to ‘display his skill among the real drifters of Trinidad and Tobago’.

The group apologised to the public for the driver’s actions and said they are communicating with the police on the matter.

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