Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Boy racer offences halved, hard work continues

Hon Anne Tolley

Minister of Police

19 February 2014 Media Statement

Boy racer offences halved, hard work continues

Police Minister Anne Tolley says illegal street racing offences have reduced by 49.6 per cent in the last four years, contributing to safer roads, fewer deaths and injuries, and less anti-social behaviour in communities.

It follows the introduction in 2009 of legislation aimed at combating boy racer behaviour.

Illegal street racing offences dropped from 2,737 in 2009 to 1,380 in 2013. During the same period, road deaths for 15-24 year olds have fallen from 105 to 66.

“There are fewer boy racer offences throughout the country, and Police are firmly focused on reducing these numbers even further,” says Mrs Tolley.

“New Zealanders don’t want this dangerous and anti-social behaviour on our roads, or the deaths and injuries that result from it, and the message is getting through to boy racers that it won’t be tolerated.”

Of the total 10,141 offences since 2009 only 242 offenders are on their second strike, 13 drivers have received three convictions and three cars have been destroyed. Judges have the discretion to grant destruction orders on vehicles.

“The aim is not to crush cars but to have a strong deterrent, and the boy racer legislation is effective in letting these young drivers know that there are severe consequences if they continue to break the law.

“Fewer offences mean safer streets and fewer deaths and injuries, both to innocent drivers caught up in this behaviour, and to the boy racers themselves.

“There will be no let up from the Police.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


More On Corrections

Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Chris Brown Furore

Thank goodness Dame Tariana Turia has been able to inject a bit of common sense into the Chris Brown visa issue – her argument being that forgiveness has a place in this decision, and there is an opportunity here that should be taken... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news