Police are warning young motorists taking part in illegal “skids” on Bay of Plenty roads and uploading footage onto social media they face a fine of up to $4500 and three months’ jail if caught.
Police are warning against illegal skids.
This comes after a Facebook page encouraging people to send in photos and videos of skids and burnouts being performed on Bay roads was created last month – receiving more than 1000 likes already.
So far six videos have been posted including a convoy of boy racers near the Gull service station on Hewletts Road and the first skid for a “new illegal skidder” on a rural road.
A post from the administrator of the page advises motorists to “make sure the number plate is covered up so there are no cops on your tail”.
“Let’s see whose best!! Give a like you hoons,” says the administrator.
Bay of Plenty acting road policing manager Inspector Mike Wright says it is extremely disappointing some people are choosing to share information about illegal and unsafe driving behaviour across social media for “entertainment” purposes.
If caught penalties for charges including; sustained loss of traction, racing and unnecessary exhibition of speed and acceleration, both carry a maximum fine of $4500, three months imprisonment and a mandatory disqualification from driving for a minimum of six months.
“Encouraging this dangerous activity and total disregard for safety is irresponsible,” says Mike.
“We will continue to be relentless in both our enforcement and education as these are exactly the sort of people who should not be on our roads, as they are putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.”
Mike says police experience first-hand the trauma that can be caused by unsafe driving with too many people, particularly young people, dying or suffering serious injury on New Zealand roads.