Residents and businesses on Dukes Rd, near Mosgiel, say
they have "had a gutsful" of boy racers damaging and littering
the roadside and their properties and keeping them awake.
And they say they have also given up on the police doing
anything about it.
Police say they take boy racers seriously and target them
continually, but have to prioritise what they respond to.
Dukes Rd business Store Safe owner Murray Nash said he was
fed up with cleaning up after boy racers every Saturday
Both sides of the road for about 100m near his yard were
usually littered with bottles, glass and empty alcohol
packages, he said.
The road was covered in black marks and roadside grass and
gravel were ripped up.
Last Saturday, he filled two 20-litre containers with broken
glass from inside his property, from bottles apparently
lobbed over a 1.8m-high fence, he said.
"It's been going on for two or three years, but it's getting
a lot worse." He had complained to police, but said he found
their response disappointing.
One police operation he was aware of failed to result in any
Another business owner in the area said the noise was
unbearable every Friday night and the road on Saturday
morning was a "hell of a mess".
A nearby resident, who did not wish to be named, said the
noise was driving her family "insane".
Up to 60 cars would congregate in Dukes Rd every Saturday,
from about 12.15am to 2am, she said.
Boy racers also visited on other nights.
"I've got to the stage where half the time I don't go to bed
until they're gone.
"You don't really know what they are going to do, that's the
thing." For a time, she complained to police every night it
happened, but they would send out one car to look at what was
going on and that was "useless", she said.
"I feel sorry for the cops, with everything they have to do,
but we've had a gutsful."
Dunedin police frontline manager Inspector Alistair Dickie
said police took boy racers seriously.
They often held operations targeting them, checking cars for
road worthiness and drivers for licences and sobriety.
Already this year, police had issued a "substantial number"
of infringement notices for those offences, and also for
speeding, disorderly behaviour, sustained loss of traction
and placing oil on the road.
In addition, they had impounded many cars and arrested boy
Police regularly monitored boy-racer activity and were well
aware of the so-called Friday night drag trains which left
from Andersons Bay Rd at midnight.
Police visited Andersons Bay Rd before the convoy left and
sometimes took part undercover, but it was difficult to go