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Raffills Backs Cosgrove’s Bill

May 15, 2002

The chairperson of Auckland City Council’s Law and Order committee, Councillor Noelene Raffills, is pleased that a private member’s bill to combat illegal street racing is being fast-tracked through parliament.

The bill’s sponsor, Waimakariri MP Clayton Cosgrove, addressed the Law and Order committee in March, and asked the council to support the bill. Since then the committee has undertaken a letter-writing campaign to Auckland MPs and parliamentarians.

Yesterday both the government and opposition parties indicated their support for the bill, opening the way for it to be passed into law before this year’s election.

“We’re keen to see this bill passed so that police can get the extra powers they need to impound the cars driven by these illegal street racers. This problem has been a priority for us to resolve and it’s important this bill gets all the support it deserves,” says Councillor Raffills

“It’s a good example of central and local Government working together.”

The agreement in the House follows a weekend incident at which a 25 year old man was shot and received stomach wounds at an unofficial drag strip in East Tamaki. Three people have appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with attempted murder.

If passed, the measure would ban street racing on public roads and intentional wheel spins as well as allowing police to impound offending vehicles for up to 28 days.

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