Cape Town Speed Skater
A Cape Town speed skater faces prosecution for reckless and negligent road behaviour after triggering a speed camera on Kloof Street in Cape Town. Deico Lourenco clocked 110 km per hour in a 60 zone when speeding down the road on his skateboard. His feat, captured on camera, was uploaded to YouTube by Andre le Roux on 26 January 2013, and quickly stacked up more than 212 700 views.
In an interview with eNCA, Lourenco said that he was very upset about getting in to trouble with the law and that he did not intend to put out any bad publicity about skating. “The skateboarding community all support each other in keeping safe,” he said, “it is only in competitions where we push ourselves to the point of feeling scared. When I skated down Kloof, I was skating well within my comfort zone.”
SAPA reported that safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Lourenco would not be given the option of a fine. The bylaw stipulates that skating is only allowed on public roads if the road has specifically been designated for that purpose, however Lourenco stated that there are no such designated areas for longboarders.
“Skating is my passion and I love the feeling of the gravity sucks me down and the traction under my feet. I love speed, it feels like flying,” he said.