Crackdown on ‘car enthusiasts’

A “car enthusiast” is facing speeding charges after being caught by police driving more than 100 km/h down Newton St in Mount Maunganui.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the motorist was caught driving past an event at The Mount during last weekend.

“There was an event at The Mount last weekend that attracted a significant number of boy racers, or ‘car enthusiasts’, as they like to be known.

“That resulted in a reasonable number of vehicles being written off the road for safety breaches.”

A number of car enthusiasts gathered on the field next to Brewers Bar on Saturday to show off their rides, as part of the Mount Hardpark car show.

Ian says a number of infringements were issued in the area and one offender was caught exceeding 100 km/h down Newton St, past the event just as it was closing.

That driver has been summons to Tauranga District Court on a charge of dangerous speed.

“At this time of the year, we start our conditioning phase around a number of high risk driving offending.

“Part of that conditioning phase focuses on boy racer activity.”

Police will be focusing on not only the high risk activity but also modified vehicles, ensuring they are complying with modification certificates and all safety requirements.

Ian says the summer period is when police do focus on boy racer activity – as road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“We urge people who observe boy racer, high risk offending to contact the police; and where they have been able to obtain a registration number and are prepared to attend court, then we will prosecute.” Ian says out of town drivers intending on coming to Tauranga can also expect to be stopped by police and have their driver’s licence status and vehicle safety status checked.

People concerned about driving behaviour can call *555 or ring their local police station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.


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