Invercargill capital for street racing

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014
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Invercargill continues to be the street-racing capital of the south.

Justice Ministry figures show there have been 34 street racing convictions entered in the Invercargill District Court since June 30 last year. In total, there have been 186 convictions since December 1, 2009.

The four illegal street racing offences are: operating a vehicle in a race or exhibition of speed or acceleration, driving with a sustained loss of traction, unnecessary exhibition of speed or acceleration causing injury or death and sustained loss of traction causing injury or death.

Inspector Lane Todd said police had been focusing more on targeting risk areas like intersections and risk drivers as part of its police prevention strategy. "That would indicate why there is still a high number." Police worked with local councils and the New Zealand Transport Agency on road safety and crash prevention, and that would continue.

When a person is convicted of one or more street racing offences the court could order the vehicle be confiscated or sold.

When a person has been convicted of a third illegal street racing offence within four years the court can order the confiscation or destruction of a vehicle involved in the offending.

Police encouraged people to report driving matters. Nationally, 5002 convictions have been entered including 206 people on two occasions and 10 on three occasions. In Invercargill, 15 people were convicted twice. There were 116 convictions in Dunedin. One person in Gore was convicted on three occasions since 2009.

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