2 Jan 2019

Crackdown urged over city's boy racers

11:43 am on 2 January 2019

A Christchurch City councillor is taking action to address growing concerns about boy racers in the city.

Deon Swiggs

Deon Swiggs Photo: RNZ / Conan Young

One-hundred-and-seventy-seven infringement traffic notices were handed out to drivers in Christchurch last week, as hundreds gathered for an event involving skids and street racing.

Christchurch City councillor Deon Swiggs said he was planning to meet with Canterbury Metro Commander Superintendent Lane Todd and Labour MP Duncan Webb in late January about boy racer activity.

He said the police needed to crackdown on boy racers.

"I'd like to get an idea of what the police are gonna do, what their enforcement's will be, what their deterrent on these kinds of things are, how they're going to go about enforcing some of the laws we do have - the bylaw that we have.

"There's a lot of things we need to discuss to make sure that people in Bealey Ave have a restful night late at night."

Deon Swiggs said people had voiced their concerns to him.

"Most of [the complainants] have just come to me and said 'they've had an impact with their business and the noise' - and just the sense of frustration that there's more noise for [motels'] guests, especially, and also for residents who trying to sleep late at night - after midnight.

The police said they want to work with the boy racer community to put a stop to their dangerous driving in Christchurch.

Superintendent Lane Todd said video footage from the events shows extremely dangerous behaviour.

He said the way things are going, someone will be seriously injured or killed.

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