Modified car drivers hit back at PSNI ‘anti-social’ claim

Caolan McGrath, Pierce McLaughlin, Dean Peoples and Sean Logue with their cars that have been modified.

DRIVERS inside Strabane’s modified car culture have hit back at police criticism labelling them as “anti-social”.

Last week local PSNI Area Commander Andy Lemon announced a crackdown on modified cars and their drivers, claiming they not only contribute to anti-social behaviour but put other road users in danger.

The remarks have outraged those involved in the modified car trend locally, with drivers claiming Chief Inspector Lemon could not be further off the mark.

Caolan McGrath drives a legally lowered Peugeot 206 car. He denied being involved in anti-social behaviour and said he had spent hundreds of pounds to stay within the stringent confines of the law.

“For me it was just a way of personalising the car and making it look different from everyone else. And I like driving a lowered car, it feels more comfortable.

“To say that what we do is anti-social, I find it absolutely ridiculous. To modify a car properly costs a lot of money.

“All we do is meet up to chat and socialise. It’s a hobby more than anything and it’s probably the opposite of anti-social to be honest,” Caolan said.


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