Flying skateboarder sets off speed camera

Last updated 10:31 08/02/2013
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A longboard skater triggers a speed camera in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A skater who set off a speed camera in South Africa could be prosecuted for reckless road behaviour.

Decia Lourenco, 24, managed to set off a speed camera in a 60kmh zone, with the clip that captured it scoring 200,000 views on YouTube.

He raced down a residential road on Cape Town's Table Mountain, and weaved around vehicles while a friend followed him in a car with a camera attached to the bumper.  He threw up his arms in triumph after triggering the speed camera, said the Daily Telegraph.

Lourenco told the Telegraph he ticked all the safety boxes - choosing a quiet day and wearing a helmet and gloves.

"I accept that it's dangerous but so is stepping out of my front door," he said.

"I skate down that road all the time and was skating well within my limitations."

But Cape Town's safety and security spokesman Jean-Pierre Smith said Lourenco was putting other road users at risk.

Smith said he had asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge the skater with reckless and negligent road behaviour.

"If we don't take action against him, every other aspirant skateboarder will try it and one of them will come to a sticky end," he said.

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