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  • 8 February 2013, 9:21

Speedy Skateboarder 'Faces Prosecution'

A skateboarder who was filmed triggering a speed camera as he hurtled down a South African road is reportedly facing prosecution.

The man - believed to be Decio Lourenco - celebrated after he set off the camera in a 60kph (37mph) zone in a YouTube video which has been watched more than 200,000 times.

He apparently hit speeds of up to 110kph (68mph) on Kloof Nek Road in Cape Town, recorded with a GPS device fitted to one of his feet.

The skater, who was wearing a helmet and gloves, passed within metres of oncoming cars as he raced down the road between Table Mountain and the city centre.

The video was reportedly filmed by a friend using a camera attached to his car bumper.

Now, mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, has said the skater is to be prosecuted - without the option of a fine - for reckless and negligent road behaviour.

Mr Smith said the traffic department would look at the YouTube video and the speed camera footage in an attempt to trace him.

"He (Lourenco) will be charged with reckless endangerment and he will not be given the option of a fine.

"The case will be opened with the police and we will ask the director of public prosecutions to prosecute."

Mr Smith also said the city would not lift its ban on skating on public roads.

He said: "There is no way we are removing the (skating) provision from the bylaw, it would be madness."

According to the bylaw, skateboarding is illegal on public roads unless a road has been specifically designated for that purpose.

Lourenco has not commented on the latest claims.

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