Friday 10 Aug 2018
Three men have received suspended sentences after pleading guilty to dangerous driving after footage emerged of them on YouTube travelling at high speeds along the EVO Triangle.
22-year-old Jak Kitchener from Blackburn, 22-year-old Alexander Smith from Oswestry and 22-year-old Lewis Edward Gething from Connah’s Quay all received a £3,000 fine, costs of £1,306 and were disqualified for two years . They will need to take an extended driving test before they are allowed to drive again.
The investigation commenced in July 2017 after footage was posted on YouTube by Jak Kitchener showing the trio driving at high speeds around the route, which comprises the A5, the B4501 and the A543 in the Cerrigydrudion and Pentrefoelas areas – more commonly known as the EVO Triangle.
Sergeant Nicola Collins from GoSafe said: “Under the umbrella of Operation Snap we investigated the footage, which clearly shows very dangerous and irresponsible driving.
“We are fully aware of the concerns surrounding speeding vehicles travelling along the EVO Triangle route. It is an area which is regularly policed, is a ‘Go Safe’ route and it features in deployment plans for Operation Darwen – a seasonal campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths on the roads.
“Sadly we have already seen fatalities on this route. It is an area where families regularly visit and they are being put at risk by the unreasonable actions of some drivers, such as Kitchener, Smith and Gething who used the road as a race track. Not only did they risk their own lives, but they also risked the lives of other road users.
“We want people to enjoy coming to North Wales and driving or riding on some great roads, but most of all we want them to do so safely and responsibly. Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities, therefore we will continue to target, with a view to prosecution, all those that ride or drive dangerously, at excess speed, overtake on solid white lines or commit any other road traffic offences.
“Please consider the consequences, dangerous driving can wreck lives and you could face losing your licence, your job, face imprisonment and, much worse, have to live with the guilt of destroying someone’s life. Don’t take the risk.”
Operation Snap – was launched in North Wales in 2016, in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on the roads of the region.
The operation – which involves members of the public submitting their dash cam footage or photographs as evidence has the full support of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Further information including how to submit photographs or footage via #OpSnap is available via the GoSafe website: https://gosafesnap.wales/