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  • Skateboarder who set off Kloof Nek speed camera will NOT be prosecuted
    Posted by on Feb 13th, 2013

    High speed downhill skateboarder Decio Lourenco, who got plenty of attention last week for a Youtube video of him racing down Kloof Nek road in Cape Town and setting off the traffic camera HERE, will not be prosecuted for negligent and reckless road behaviour. The video which went viral and has already crossed over the million-views mark cannot be used as evidence according to the City of Cape Town.

    It was previously reported that Lourenco would be prosecuted without option of a fine, but JP Smith (mayoral committee member) has now stated the matter is out of his hands.

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    If you havn’t seen the video where Lourenco allegedly hit 110km/h down Kloof Nek road and set off the speed camera at the bottom then click HERE.

    “City traffic spokeswoman Merle Lourens said yesterday the City of Cape Town would not prosecute the longboarder as they couldn’t use a YouTube video as evidence. “We can’t prosecute him. We can’t use it as evidence. The video could have been tampered with, for all we know.”

    But the city will send a traffic fine to the owner of the car used to film Lourenco’s stunt.” [Cape Times]

    Plenty of publicity around Decio’s daring stunt/feat, but im gonna stick with what i said previously. While it make take balls of steel and phenomenal skill to do what he did i cannot help wondering if it was reckless…purely because no matter how good he is, he cannot guarantee the safety of others should something go wrong. In an uncontrolled environment like a public road what’s gonna happen if he hits a stone or oil patch or aliens ffs causes him to veer into oncoming traffic and results in a car swerving to avoid his ass and then a whole family dies in the resulting accident?

    For those of you who say let him do it…how you gonna feel if it was your family that dies?

    Robert says:
    February 02, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I’m going to say an epic bording performance.

    I’m no “hater” as he may refer to me in the explanation video, but imagine as you put it… something does go wrong. A person traveling on a bicycle becomes a missile… a person on a motor bike becomes a missile… a person on a longboard becomes a misslie.

    Pesonally I think he’s lucky that YouTube can’t be used in court. However, I’d suggest that more than just speeding be thrown at the chap in the following car. If more people are afraid to follow and record such events, perhaps fewer folk will take risks like this, that not only risk their safety but that of other road users too.

    Still, epic boarding! :)

    TheYaj says:
    February 02, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Victory!!!!

    February 02, 2013 at 7:45 am

    LMAO – apparently the police wouldn’t prosecute because “youtube video was inadmissable” …
    even though they filmed him, he was clearly identified – the justice system made so much noise about prosecuting him …blah blah blah and now they don’t prosecute him !

    February 02, 2013 at 7:45 am

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