Rollerblader caught on speed camera
Rollerblader caught on speed camera!!
A daredevil rollerblader / lunatic (delete according to preference) from Brighton has been caught on camera after he reached speeds of more than 35 miles per hour.
Professional skater Sam Tuffnell (AKA T-1000) who currently skates for Loco Skates and USD, 28, undertook the attempt on a hill in Hastings, East Sussex. Tuffnell believes he reached a speed of 40mph on his fourth attempt to make the camera flash.
‘I may have been going a bit faster than that.’ said Sam from Brighton. ‘I have been towed by a car at 65mph and it didn’t feel far off that. I was trying to go faster.’
Video footage of his dangerous speed camera stunt has been watched more than 100,000 times on YouTube since it was posted just a week ago.
His friend, Jake Eley, who runs a skate shop in Eastbourne, warned amateurs not to attempt the stunt.
‘Sam Tuffnell is a rollerblading machine,’ he commented. ‘Other people would not be able to stand the speed or pressure.’
The video, posted on YouTube by Eley, shows a fire engine racing along the Hastings road and setting off the speed camera before Tuffnell begins his high-risk stunt. Tuffnell wore a high visibility waistcoat to make sure the camera picked him after two attempts dressed entirely in black with no lights.
He was not wearing a helmet or knee and elbow pads and had no brakes on his in-line skates. He had been diagnosed with a broken coccyx just four days earlier.
The video shows him skating in the dark, dressed in black, on a road with other traffic and he has been criticised by road safety campaigners for the stunt.
His gang of friends can be heard whooping when the camera flashes twice with no other vehicles in sight.
One comment on the YouTube video says: ‘I would love to see the expression on the faces of the people in the camera control centre!!”‘
As the law in relation to excess speed only applies to motorised vehicles, Mr Tuffnell has escaped a fine.