Concerns as 'boy racers' descend upon Chch
Sun, 19 Aug 2012 6:00p.m.
By Annabelle Tukia
Christchurch police were kept busy overnight with dozens of call outs relating to anti-social road users.
Hundreds of car enthusiasts had descended upon the city for a charity cruise, but police say some of their behaviour was dangerous, not only to themselves but other road users.
It started off as a cruise in aid of the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral.
But it soon turned into something less charitable and at times illegal.
“We’re here to run amok and create chaos!” shouts one boy racer.
Hundreds of car enthusiasts descended upon the central city, clogging streets, hanging from their cars and burning rubber.
“There’s going to be a big, fat meet up,” says a boy racer. “Look at all these cars and people, mate. There’s going to be a lot of action with the tyres and stuff.”
It was that type of action that police were trying to avoid. The group had applied for a permit from the council to hold their cruise, but the police declined it.
“Police had concerns about road safety,” says Sergeant Kelly Larsen of the Papnui police. “That’s our primary concern both for the boy racer drivers themselves as well as members of the public. We don't want any major incidents where safety is compromised.”
Police were kept busy checking cars for warrants, registrations and illegal modifications.
They were also left to pick up the broken bottles and rubbish that was strewn across this supermarket carpark.
“The calls that we got were concerning speeding, burnouts or sustained loss of traction and also driving or riding vehicles in an unsafe manner,” says Sgt Larsen.
But some were keen to confront police, yelling obscenities.
“The cops are just out for the revenue anyway so we don't worry about that,” said car enthusiast Nathan Bloomfield. “It’s the last thing we think about when we're doing that shit. You know, put it on the tab."
But with Police ordering several cars off the road rather than putting it on the tab, the boy racers run the risk of having their precious cars crushed instead.
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10/04/2013 1:49:35 p.m.
Jesse Brown wrote:
you see, they police and media are only looking at the small minority of us.
the ones who sit there and cause shit for all us other good guys.
we do nothing wrong we just cruise around, aprk up have a chat then go to the next meet spot and same thing over and over.
police, get over yourselfs. stop power tripping.
26/10/2012 1:44:56 p.m.
Time to cancel some licences and crush some cars. HARDEN UP Nz Police!
23/10/2012 1:13:41 p.m.
The statistics is truely amongst the young ones ages 18-25 even as young as 9
The Right Track Programme is there to teach our young ones about choosing the choice when driving.
Its not the car that causes the accident, Most of us blame PEER PRESSURE others blame it on SPEED and ALCOHOL which is not the case at all, its the Driver who holds the RESPONSIBILTY of that VEHICLE and its PASSENGERS. There will be a huge RIPLE EFFECT for those who dont consider the safety of others and the huge IMPACT it will have on the FAMILY, FRIENDS and so on....
HONESTLY! Who is dumb enough to get into a car with a person who is speeding or toxicated with alcohol?
We want to see our young ones alive and well, living life to thier fullest not just another statistic on someone powerpoint or bilboard so,
I say KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK that our Emergency Services are doing to crack down on Boy Racers.
22/10/2012 3:46:19 p.m.
SPPED AND ALCOHOL KILLS, sone get it some don"t
DO THE RIGHT TRACK PROGRAMME IN AUCKLAND MANUKAU CITY, HAMILTON, CHRISTCHURCH AND SPEAK TO SUSAN OR JOHN.
You can contact you local Police Stations throughout the country.
I did it, i am graduating with about 32 others who have completed the programme on the 25/10/12.
All is welcome even the Campell Live Team..This is a programme like no other, its a programme that you need to know about, well you come and see for yourself.
Boy racers should come and check it out, I DEAR YOU!!
16/10/2012 1:22:31 p.m.
interesting. i see that there is a huge lack of understanding of all these issues. its really just a 2 sided debate, and both sides are in the wrong. the worst by FAR are the people my age claiming they never acted like that as a kid. what an absolute load of rubbish. The activity has not changed. burnouts, racing, drinking, acting like tossers. its all still there, just as it ALWAYS HAS BEEN. the Location, and the types of cars, that has changed. add in the fact that everyone has a camera now, and that it is now considered "news" that late teens and early 20s dont much like the police and laws and being told what to do, and just like that its 'completely different'..by far the biggest thing that has changed is that it now has a title attached to it. BOY RACERS. in my day, it was just hoons, or, more accurately, 'boys being boys'. dont for a second claim that people did not die in your teenage years from road accidents. the reason the youth road toll grew so much was the amount of youths driving increased greatly, thanks to VERY cheap japanese imports.putting a strip into a private bit of land was looked into in hamilton, but was shot down instantly, as to work, it would need to be registered, tested, checked that it was up to standard, and every time anyone wanted to use it they would need fire equipment and ST Johns ambo on site the entire time, along with checking the warents and rego of all vehicles. private land has nothing to do with it, it is still against the law. in a paddock, in your garage, anywhere. its illegal. check the website for info if you dont believe me. also, before acting as though they are the ones causing all the accidents, check the statisitcs for the average age of a speed ticket recipient. you might be surprised to find it falls into the 35+ bracket. not the 18-25 bracket.
4/09/2012 3:34:22 p.m.
the DR wrote:
ill bet there mums are proud of them
25/08/2012 11:05:21 a.m.
Hahaaha great stuff just shows that the stupid car crushing rule dosnt bother them at all.
21/08/2012 2:18:29 p.m.
So they should be kept in check otherwise why have road rules none of them have any regard for other road users and speeding and burnouts should be done in a controlled area not some main road where people can get hurt, wake up you brainless dickheads you dont own the roads if you dont want your license fine just remember why you got it, Freedom, independants from parents drive yourself, and what are you doing now putting that freedom at risk, WAKE UP
20/08/2012 8:34:05 p.m.
while I respect those saying it was a few bad apples of the group making trouble etc, it doesn't stop the fact that the police denied the permit to hold the cruise and people showed up anyway!
20/08/2012 4:47:10 p.m.
Nathan Bloomfield, I bet your parents are so proud to see your name in print. Mate. And boy racers is a sort of misnomer, yes? More like street hooligans.
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