4 Aug 2021

Hamilton police impound four vehicles after operation targetting street racing

5:17 pm on 4 August 2021

Hamilton police this morning impounded four vehicles as part of an operation targeting street racing and anti-social behaviour on the roads.

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Waikato police have been targeting illegal street racing and burnouts. Photo: Screenshot / Police

Police say they executed 10 search warrants at 5am today and the vehicles were impounded for sustained loss of traction offences, or burnouts.

This is the second part of an operation to target illegal street racing around the Waikato district and five vehicles were seized during the first part of the operation.

The operation was in response to public complaints of car enthusiasts driving recklessly and dangerously which posed a risk to themselves and others, police said.

The vehicle owners were also ordered to provide evidence of who was driving at the time of the alleged incident.

One of the vehicles seized by police.

One of the vehicles seized by police. Photo: NZ Police

Waikato road policing manager Inspector Jeff Penno said in a statement that the operation sent a message to those involved in illegal street racing and to the public.

"If you're going to use your vehicle to put other members of the public in danger or cause thousands of dollars of damage to the roads - police will step in and take that vehicle away from you," he said.

"The aim is to disrupt and deter those committing these offences, and ensure our roads are safe for every member of the community using them."

Penno said police want to assure the public that offenders will be held to account.

Waikato police receive 40-50 complaints from the public each week about dangerous driving - most are on Friday and Saturday evenings and mostly related to people doing burnouts.