Editorial: OK, point's been made

Yee haa. Go Crusher Collins. Teach those boy racers a lesson. Squash their cars into cake tins. What a wonderful law your government brought in almost three years ago, and what a wonderful sight last week when the first car was actually crushed.

Except it wasn't a wonderful sight.  It just looked like a waste, and a political point-scoring opportunity.

I don't think the car's owner would have cared much at all.

Crushed. Confiscated. What's the difference?

About $9000 to taxpayers is what, the price the car was apparently worth. We've already wasted a heap on the idiot driver, why not get something back?

You wouldn't want the original owner buying it back on principle of course, but there are ways to ensure that doesn't happen.

And then for new Police Minister Anne Tolley to stand atop the flattened Nissan, well, it just looked silly really.

Sure, when the politicians passed the law the car crushing side of it was designed to show they were serious. And to be fair, many back then thought it was a good idea.

Maybe we pictured boy racers in tears, being held back by mates as their vehicles were destroyed.

Instead, this guy put up a memorial page on Facebook. As he would. He's probably a hero. For five minutes.

So maybe a rethink of the law is required. Just a tweak mind, because generally the law works well.

Street racing offences dropped by a third between 2009 and 2011. Boy racers aren't in the news as often as they were before.

Maybe the earthquakes had something to do with that, and maybe the law did too.

There are 116 people on their second strike, which at $10,000 a car is a touch over $1 million being sent to the wreckers.

And no more photos to be taken.

So, the point's been made. We all know who's boss.

Now, let's be sensible about it.

The Timaru Herald