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article imageWatch skateboarder trigger speed camera as he nearly hits 70 mph

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Feb 8, 2013 in Sports
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Cape Town - Watch this footage that shows a daredevil South African skateboarder hitting nearly 70 mph (110 km/h) during a downhill ride. But South African police do not appreciate this extraordinary stunt. What you see in this video could land this guy in jail.
The South African skateboarder Decio Lourenco, 24, may be arrested after he posted to YouTube a video showing him triggering a speed camera while literally tearing downhill on his skateboard at 68 mph on a 37 mph speed limit road, The Telegraph reports.
The Daily Mail reports Lourenco could face prosecution as the South African city's safety authorities say the skateboarder's stunt on Klook Nek Road between Table Mountain and Lion's Head at sunset on January 20 could have caused a major road mishap.
The video shows motorists on the opposite side of the road with their headlights on as Lourenco flies down the road.
The Telegraph reports safety spokesman Jean-Pierre Smith, said: "All that was needed was for one of those motorists to panic and swerve into the oncoming traffic and you have a large number of deaths, as we have already had on that road."
The NY Daily News reports Cape Town safety officials want Lourenco arrested to serve as warning to other skateboarders who may want to outdo him. Smith said: "If we don't take action against him, every other aspirant skateboarder will try it and one of them will come to a sticky end."
The safety chief said he has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge Lourenco with "reckless and negligent road behavior," The Daily Mail reports.
Lourenco, a graphic arts student, tried to play down the risk, saying he chose a quiet day and that he took safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and gloves.
The Telegraph reports he said: "I accept that it's dangerous but so is stepping out of my front door. I skate down that road all the time and was skating well within my limitations." He also reportedly told IOL News: "I've been skating down hills from a young age... often going much faster than that. This is the first time I've gotten any attention for it."
According to the Daily Mail, speed limits in Cape Town apply to motor vehicles as well as other means of transport such as rollerblades, longboards and skateboards. The website reports that a Jo'burg longboarder recently lost his life after he smashed into a truck during a speed stunt.
Andre Roux, Lourenco's friend and fellow skateboarder, filmed the clip with a camera attached to his car bumper. He also posted it to YouTube where it has received over 600,000 views.
According to The Telegraph, the skateboarder's speed was tracked by a GPS sensor fitted to his ankles.
The Telegraph recalls that a rollerblader Sam Tuffnell, escaped prosecution in 2011 after he triggered a 30 mph speed camera in Hastings, East Sussex. Traffic authorities ruled that the UK's Road Traffic Regulation Act applied only to motor vehicles.
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