Put brakes on road racing
Police have noticed a significant rise in the number of boy-racer incidents being reported. Groups of modified-vehicle enthusiasts or boy racers gather in certain areas of East Auckland in the early hours, blocking private and business driveways as well as public roads.
Alcohol and drugs are consumed, often the behaviour becomes disorderly, and police are called by worried members of the public.
Police carry out vehicle inspections and have found numerous faults such as modified suspensions and exhausts not certified, and stretched tyres. These contribute to unsafe vehicles and endanger all of us using the roads.
The most common offences at these gatherings include operating a vehicle in a race or exhibition of speed or acceleration, when the driver deliberately puts their foot to the floor and takes off at high speed. A race is two or more vehicles racing against each other on a public road.
Operated a motor vehicle causing sustained loss of traction: Is when a driver deliberately causes their vehicle to complete a burnout, otherwise known as a donut. The front or rear wheels are spinning failing to make trac- tion to the road in a sustained motion. You can usually hear tyres squealing and smoke coming from within the wheel guards, and burned tyre marks are usually left on the road.
Dangerous speed: Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50kph, resulting in a suspension of licence for 28 days, arrest or court summons.
There seems to be a common myth amongst boy racers that police have to observe them carrying out the above offences to obtain a conviction in court, which is not so.
All that’s required is for a witness to give a detailed statement relating to the time, place and circumstances of the incident. Police will visit the scene and take photos of the street and burnouts, if any.
Most witnesses these days provide video footage or photos. Once statements and exhibits have been obtained, police will speak to the driver of the vehicle, prosecute for the appropriate offence and impound the vehicle for 28 days.