Illegal street racers targeted in WBOP
A number of vehicles have been busted doing speeds of up to 150km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link.
A 17-year-old has also been charged following an operation targeting illegal street racing and anti-social driving behaviour in the Western Bay of Plenty.
The operation was carried out in the weekend following concerns around illegal street racing in several communities in the area.
The operation took place on Saturday night and Sunday morning between the hours of 9pm and 4am and involved staff from the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and a NZTA vehicle inspector, says Sergeant Scott Merritt.
Police witnessed vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 150km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link and congregating at Old Coach Road doing burnouts and engaging in other anti-social behaviour.
Checkpoints were put in place around the Pongawaka area.
Scott says this type of behaviour is incredibly disappointing.
“This type of high risk behaviour puts the drivers and other road users in significant danger.”
Among those charged was a 17-year-old for doing a wheelie on Marine Parade, says Scott.
"This isn’t a case of young people having fun, they are a danger to themselves and others.
“We want to assure the community that we take their concerns and road safety very seriously.”
Enquiries are ongoing to locate further vehicles identified committing illegal street racing offences.
People with information can contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.