A NEW driver has been punished after racing around a car park doing doughnuts just yards away from police officers in a night of shocking incidents.
Scores of anti-social behaviour incidents involving vehicles in Sandbanks were tackled on Thursday (June 1), including mobile phone use while driving, speeding, and alleged drug driving.
Between 5pm and 11pm, the following offences were identified by officers in plain clothes, unmarked and marked vehicles, and on cycle and foot patrols.
Five drivers using mobile phones (Banks Road/Shore Road)
Driver not in proper control in Banks Road
Speeding in Banks Road – 37mph in a 30mph
Speeding in Shore Road – 50mph in a 30mph
Speeding in Canford Cliffs Road – 57 in a 30mph
Car parked on zigzags in Banks Road
Two drivers with no insurance (Canford Cliffs Road/Banks Road)
Learner with no L plate displayed in Banks Road
Car with no front number plate in Banks Road
ASB warning issued for doing donuts in Sandbanks car park
Driving without due care and attention in Sandbanks car park
A bald tyre in Banks Road
Driver reported to be under the influence
One vehicle had been stopped on Monday, May 29, by police and a bald tyre was identified – with the driver receiving three points on his licence and a £100 fine. However, the same vehicle was sighted on Thursday night and the tyre had not been replaced.
As a result, the driver was handed the same punishment. According to police, he was a new driver and will now have to retake his test and start with six points.
Then, while in Sandbanks car park, a vehicle just a few yards from police began revving loudly and performing doughnuts.
Quickly intercepted by officers, it was established the offender was a new driver with less than one year of driving experience.
He received a section 59 warning notice and a ticket for an education course.
The same night, a vehicle was searched at the chain ferry car park. The search reportedly discovered cannabis and a knife.
Police say the driver will be interviewed, but added they passed a drug wipe and breath test.
The five drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel all received six points on their licence and a £200 fine.
Lastly, a Rolls Royce was issued a court ticket for travelling 57mph in a 30mph along Canford Cliffs Road.
A Dorset Police No Excuse spokesperson said: “We want everyone to enjoy Sandbanks in a safe environment, we continue to receive reports of issues with vehicles so we will continue to tactically identify offences in the area over the summer.”