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Speeders race for road safety

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A motoring safety scheme is offering boy racers the chance to compete against a US policeman at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire.

Organisers of the project, the Fuzz and the Furious, hope it will encourage young drivers to speed in a controlled environment, rather than through the streets of towns and cities.

James Gilbert, a former convicted street car racer and organiser of the event said: "In the US, the police are actively encouraging people to come to the track and race them. In the UK there is nothing like that. We are trying to cross bridges between the police and racing."

Lieutenant Tom Brown, the policeman flown-in from Texas for the event, said: "We hope that the trial launch of The Fuzz And The Furious will demonstrate to UK police the benefits of the scheme that has proved such a legitimate crime prevention tool in the United States and beyond, as well as an invaluable way of building relationships between police and local communities."

© Press Association 2009