PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) – It’s become a dangerous trend among young drivers – purposely driving into traffic to do ‘donuts’ and it happened at a Pinellas Park intersection over the weekend.
Police said what this driver did could have caused a serious wreck. No one was hurt, but it’s a trend that law enforcement is seeing more and more.
The cell phone video is catching the attention of drivers everywhere. Whips and turns, like the ones you see in a movie.
“They’re looking at too fast and too furious,” said a driver Brian Bolt.
He takes 66th Street in Pinellas Park every day. Bolt said he’s glad he wasn’t on the road when this car pulled out in the middle of traffic Sunday and started doing ‘donuts.’ The driver does a full spin, burning rubber and bringing traffic to a screeching halt.
“I think it’s crazy. Kids don’t understand,” said Bolt. “We were all young once and we’re all the same way. We’re Gods, nothing could happen to us and they don’t realize what they’re doing and the lives they’re putting in danger.”
Hundreds of videos posted on YouTube show reckless drivers doing similar moves across the country. It’s all done for fame and bragging rights.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper Kenn Watson said, “Blatant disrespect for any law enforcement in the area. It’s almost like they want to be chased.”
It’s a dangerous craze with young drivers, that’s not only sweeping the nation but hitting right here at home.
“It just shows a lack of good decision making especially in an open environment like that where he could lose control of that vehicle. There’s children out there, people on bicycles, people walking dogs, and he’s doing donuts in the middle of the intersection,” said Trooper Watson.
Police continue to search for the driver in Sunday’s case.