East Coast Highway: A new drag racing turf

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By Leroy Smith

Some of the spectators and bidders at the races on Sunday along the ECD highway. [Cullen Bess Nelson Photo]
Some of the spectators and bidders at the races on Sunday along the ECD highway. [Cullen Bess Nelson Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Carelessness and disregard for the nation’s road codes have been taken to another level with bikers and drivers now using the Rupert Craig Highway, along the East Coast Demerara as their “need for speed” playground.

iNews observed that on Sunday, January 18 dozens of cars and motorcycles, including CBRs racing between the University of Guyana road to the Ocean View International Hotel.

The races are usually done on the southern section of the highway and when drivers conclude their races, they would turn left into a cross street that leads them onto the embankment, where they travel back to the starting point.

iNews confirmed that the Guyana Police Force scrambled to get resources and manpower to catch the racers in the act but by the time the lawmen arrived on the scene the races were finished.

The practice mirrors a similar activity which also occurs every Sunday on Homestretch Avenue but which features horses. This has been ongoing for years and the police traffic department has failed to curb the illegal practice.

iNews understands that the practice is economically viable for the players involved and attracts horses all the way from Berbice and the West Coast of Demerara.