British Thought Police Look to Ban YouTube Hoonage

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

Filming yourself speeding has become an problem of pandemic proportions in Great Britain. Or at least that's what it would seem, based on the way the constabulary in England and Wales are reacting to the videos of highway hoonage on YouTube and other sites. Equating the videos to slasher flicks and pornography, the Old Bill wants the government to pass laws banning them. Apparently, the home-made vids "encourage more young people to speed and in turn, more young people to get killed." In Fife, Scotland, Chief Inspector Alex Duncan actually spends time scouring YouTube looking for the videos. He says if he can identify anyone in the footage, they'll [s]persecute[/s] prosecute them. Even more Big Brotherish, Duncan hints at a wider probe. "What really scares me is how many people are doing this and not putting it on websites where we can find it." YouTube says it won't ban the videos, but if police think a post is evidence of a crime, they should "get in touch with them." While TTAC doesn't condone lawbreaking, and we accept the police's right to investigate criminal matters, we defend freedom of speech and personal privacy in all its permutations. And the video here was shot on a derestricted section of the German autobahn. In case you were wondering.

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  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Jan 31, 2008

    So...uh...when YouTube doesn't take them down, whats the Crown gonna do? Ban YouTube? Free England YouTube? A revolt? Or will it just be like the British Police? "Stop, or I shall be forced to say stop again!"

  • Mor2bz Mor2bz on Jan 31, 2008

    i have been watching motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic on youtube, going anywhere between 130 and 190 mph. scary stuff, kinda hard to sleep after watching. my german is nicht so gute/ just how fast is this gentleman going? what kind of car? thanks

  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Feb 01, 2008

    That looks like a Vette dashboard to me.

  • Frank Williams Frank Williams on Feb 01, 2008
    Mirko Reinhardt : That looks like a Vette dashboard to me. Give the man a cee-gar! It's a Z06 to be specific.