Mod­i­fied cars can be­come ‘death traps’

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - CAITLAN CHARLES caitlan.charles@dai­lyex­am­

YOU might want to make your ve­hi­cle look ‘fully sick’, but Coffs/Clarence Po­lice Dis­trict want you to know, you will be fined and po­lice will de­fect your ve­hi­cle.

On Wed­nes­day night at about 10pm, Grafton Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol and gen­eral du­ties po­lice handed out 37 de­fect no­tices for a range of in­fringe­ments in­clud­ing de­fect tyres that were molten or void of thread, de­fec­tive seat belts, en­gine oil leaks, ex­haust sys­tems and low­ered ve­hi­cle heights on Ex­per­i­ment Farm Rd, Tre­nayr.

Thir­teen drivers were stopped by po­lice with in­fringe­ments is­sued to males aged be­tween 17 and 21, and one 42year-old man.

Chief In­spec­tor Jo Reid said po­lice didn’t de­tect the ve­hi­cles per­form­ing burnouts, but ev­i­dence on the roads shows the kind of “sense­less ac­tiv­ity” that oc­curs on the road.

“Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol ob­served ve­hi­cles per­form­ing a ‘look out’ role at ei­ther end of the street,” Chief Insp Reid said.

“Other lo­ca­tions where this type of ac­tiv­ity is known to oc­cur are Back Lane, Junc­tion Hill, Shan­non­dale Road, Kirch­ner St boat ramp/carpark, and the in­dus­trial area South Grafton. Ve­hi­cles also con­gre­gate in the Bun­nings carpark dur­ing the night.”

Chief Insp Reid said their mes­sage was, if you mod­i­fied your car, ex­pect the po­lice to fine you or de­fect your ve­hi­cle.

“We know where the burnouts oc­cur and the penal­ties range from fines to los­ing your ve­hi­cle and li­cence al­to­gether,” she said. “We en­cour­age the pub­lic to ring us and re­port dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

“There is next to no mar­gin for er­ror when it comes to driv­ing ve­hi­cles in this man­ner and once you lose con­trol, you risk in­jury and even death.

“Ve­hi­cles are made to com­ply with safety stan­dards for a rea­son. Once you mod­ify a ve­hi­cle, you dis­re­gard that safety and your ve­hi­cle es­sen­tially be­comes a death trap.”

Photo: NSW Po­lice

Burnouts found on Ex­per­i­ment Farm Rd.

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