Christchurch is racing away with the title of boy racer
capital of New Zealand.
The city has almost twice the number of illegal street racing
offences than the next highest centre, figures released under
the Official Information Act reveal.
Christchurch recorded 618 street-racing offences from
December 1, 2009 to June 30, 2013, with the next highest
Manukau (329), followed by North Shore (245), Hamilton (243)
and Tauranga (225).
Of South Island centres, Invercargill recorded the
second-highest number of offences with 186, followed by
Nelson (162), Dunedin (116) and Timaru (109).
Ministry of Justice figures show 4413 street-racing offences
with just 10 offenders recording three or more convictions.
A spokesman said when a person had been convicted of a third
illegal street offence within four years, the court had the
discretion to order the confiscation and/or destruction of a
vehicle involved in the offending.
The first under the ''boy-racer legislation'' was flattened
at a Lower Hutt scrap-metal yard in June 2012, after its
owner was convicted of his fourth driving offence.
Christchurch had the highest number of drivers (3) on three
driving-related offences, followed by the North Shore (2).
Christchurch also recorded the highest number of people
having two street-racing offences (40) and a single
street-racing offence (575).
The only boy racer recorded in Otago and Southland with three
offences was in Gore.
In 2011, a Milton man had his 1982 Toyota DX seized by
authorities following his third boy-racer conviction.
However, his stripped vehicle remains the subject of a police
inquiry following allegations it was switched at the last
Legislation includes the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers)
Amendment Act and the Sentencing (Vehicle Confiscation)
That includes four illegal street-racing offences, including
operating a vehicle in a race or exhibition of speed or
acceleration, operating a vehicle causing sustained loss of
traction, unnecessary exhibition of speed or acceleration
causing death or injury, sustained loss of traction causing
death or injury.
The spokesman said any proceeds from the confiscation and the
sale of the vehicle could go towards the cost of any sale, to
pay any amount pursuant to security interests, pay
fines/reparations costs, and any surplus paid to the