Police say they may “go and say hello” to boy racers planning a protest outside the Christchurch central police station tonight.
The protest has been organised through a boy racer Facebook page, which features photos of T-shirts with the letters FTP on the back.
It invites members to the “peaceful park-up” outside the St Asaph St station at 11pm.
The idea is “to show that we will not tolerate the misapropriation (sic) of police powers and their complete misconduct towards boyracers and those of us out to have a goodtime [sic],” the page administrator wrote. Read more »
Look at these drop kicks. I think a spell in the cells for a few years might sort them out.
A new, more aggressive and highly organised breed of boy racer, who police say see them as targets, has emerged in Christchurch.
Acting Sergeant Clay Penrose, of the Canterbury road policing group, said a marked resurgence in boy racer activity had brought with it “hard-core” elements, who displayed a “gang-mentality” never encountered before.
Social networking was used not only to organise gathering places, but to air aggressive comments about what boy racers want to do to police, some of which was being carried out.
Even an effective “anti-team policing” unit had been created, where members wore sweatshirts with FTP ( f… the police) emblazoned on the back. Read more »
Police Minister Anne Tolley says illegal street racing offences have fallen by 35 per cent since 2009, after the National-led Government introduced legislation to combat boy racers.
Offences dropped from 2738 in 2009 to 1759 in 2012. In the same period, road deaths for 15-24 year olds reduced from 105 to 65.
“We are seeing encouraging results, with almost a thousand fewer offences in 2012 compared to 2009, but the number is still too high,” says Mrs Tolley.
“This legislation and the vigilance of our Police is having a real effect in reducing offences and repeat offenders, and lowering the risk of injury to innocent people and the boy racers themselves.” Read more »
Haven’t seen any cars crushed yet. This is how they do it overseas.
Several drivers that where involved in illegal street racing in Ontario, Canada had their cars impounded to later find out that the cars where to be destroyed due to having stolen engines, transmissions, and other performance parts or modifications.
I think this song could well be her personal wrestling theme music.
She is itching to see the first car crushed under the Government’s boy-racer legislation that has been in effect since December 2009.
“I have been to a demolition yard in Onehunga, Auckland, where they asked me to push a button. And it was awfully good fun,” Mrs Collins told the Herald.
“What we said when we brought in the legislation is that, ideally, no cars would be crushed … But it would be quite nice if we could get one crushed. I would quite happily do that.
“I think I would auction off the rights on Trade Me and give the proceeds to child-cancer research.”
She may soon get her wish as one person in Christchurch has two out of three strikes to his name already.
Judith Collins understands a whole lot of issues as a politician. She understands that laws must be effective, she understands that the public wants results and she understands that criminals are scum.
That is a massive drop in offenses with just one simple law. The truly brilliant part of her statement though, which gives her this weeks award, is her understanding of the theatre of politics and suggesting that the rights to crush the first car be auctioned on Trademe for charity. That just shows she is a brilliant politician who undertands the electorate.
Kevin Rudd should be warned that his poll ratings are about to plummet and never recover. He should place a call to Gordon Brown, to Pakistan’s Musharraf, Graham Henry, the coach of the Silver Ferns and Grant Dalton.
The Clark effect is well documented. Any successful team meeting with Clark suffers fatal issues that they rarely recover from. The fact that Clark has been keeping her own copany recently is showing in the effect on her own poll ratings
hat tip Adolf at No Minister
[quote]THE Liberal Party has claimed 13 Labor candidates are ineligible to stand in Saturday’s federal election.
Melbourne’s Herald Sun has reported the shock development threatens to create a major distraction for Kevin Rudd’s run to the poll.
According to Liberal Party headquarters, the 13 hopefuls are all ineligible because they failed to resign from Commonwealth jobs before nominating for parliament.
Under the relevant legislation, a candidate can only validly nominate for Federal Parliament if they no longer hold an office of profit under the Crown.
Legal advice suggests the ALP candidate for Wentworth, George Newhouse, may be ineligible for parliament and has compounded the problem by refusing to release relevant documentation.
Twelve other ALP candidates may be similarly affected, the Liberals claim.
This includes Victorian candidate for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, who the Liberal Party claims may still be employed as a senior adviser to the Brumby state government.
The others named by the Liberals are: Tony Zappia (Makin, SA), Yvette D’ath (Petrie, Qld), Peter Conway (ACT senate), Shayne Neumann (Blair, Qld), Garry Parr (Hinkler, Qld), Alan Neilan (Kennedy, Qld), Sharon Thiel (Kalgoorlie, WA), Belinda Neil (Robertson, NSW), Mark Buttugieg (Cook, NSW), Ross Daniels (Ryan, Qld), Mark Reynolds (Tangney, WA). [/quote]
Whoopsy, that makes winning 18 seats just that much harder. Oh the aching ribs, the stitch, the pain.