Did the punishment fit the crime for these highway racers?
It must be hard to resist putting your foot down if you have access to a McLaren 570S, Lamborghini Aventador, and a Ferrari 458 for 24 hours. In the UK, a group of friends hired three supercars and took them for a speed run on the M1 motorway to see which car was fastest - unsurprisingly, this caught the attention of the police. Normally, getting caught for speeding would incur a substantial fine and points on your license, but in this case the police wanted to set an example. So they seized the rented supercars.
Rather than being punished for speeding or reckless driving, the group were accused of “driving in an anti-social manner” according to South Yorkshire police. In other words, it wasn’t the excessive speed that led to the supercars being impounded, but the fact they caused so much traffic disruption, though “anti-social” is a broad term that's up for interpretation. Each car drove side-by-side in each lane, and repeatedly slowed traffic down to “a very slow speed” before accelerating down the clear stretch of road. Understandably, frustrated motorists stuck in the tailback reported the highway racers to police, who used CCTV footage to prove they were driving anti-socially.
“This seizure proved very expensive for a young male and his friends who had hired out these cars,” South Yorkshire Police said in a Facebook post. “Under the police reform act if you are seen driving in an anti-social manner we can seize your vehicle and impound it. We are pretty sure it won’t be crushed and turned into tin cans but you never know.” It isn’t known how fast they were driving, but each car is capable of 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of over 200 mph. No doubt the exotic car hiring group Performance Portfolio, which provided the supercars, aren’t very pleased about their cars being impounded. Do you think the punishment fitted the crime? Let us know in the comments below.