Skateboarder likely to face fine for speeding

2013-02-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A skateboarder who sped down a busy road at speeds of between 70 and 80 km/h, will be fined, if the traffic authorities can find him.

The speed limit on the steep Kloof Nek Road is 60 km/h.

Dec’io Lourenc’o (24) from Tamboerskloof and his friend André Roux, made a video for YouTube down this road on January 20, when a municipal speed camera snapped them speeding past.

The camera was, however, activated by the weight and speed of the car in which Roux was closely following and filming Lourenc’o.

The YouTube video had 69 000 views by yesterday. It has also been forwarded to many more websites and blogs.

Lourenc’o, a third year student in arts and graphic design, yesterday said he has sped down Kloof Nek Road several times in the past.

His has been skateboarding since he was 16 and competes professionally in the sport. He said he aims to make more people aware of skateboarding through the videos he has shot with Roux.

“We want to make our own movie to market the sport,” Lourenc’o said.

He said the light and wind was perfect on the night the camera snapped him, and he estimated his speed at between 70 and 80 km/h.

He went on to shoot more clips on four other routes that day. But the flash of the speeding camera made the video on Kloof Nek Road special.

“… if it was not for the camera, it would not have been so radical”.

Merle Lourens, spokesperson of the municipal traffic services, said Lourenc’o could be fined up to R200 for speeding on a skateboard. “If we can find him and establish who he is, he can be charged,” said Lourens. Lourenc’o could also be charged for skateboarding on a public road.

Lourens said the vehicle that followed Lourenc’o has already been identified, and would also be fined.

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