Boy Racer bullshit
I love the fear and the screaming and the gnashing of the teeth about the sudden and recent phenomena of ‘boy racers’ except that they aren’t new or sudden at all, in fact my suspicion was the second the cave man had finished the wheel, his caveboy son was off racing around the valley scaring the hell out of all the mammoths and keeping Neanderthals neighbours up all night. Young men seem to love speed because it kicks off that weird risk taking element built into our brain that gives human beings as a species that tiny edge over every other creature vying for top dog position on the evolutionary food chain. A much better option may be rising the driving age rather than MORE POLICE POWERS – I’m never a fan of giving the Police more power they already have an extraordinary amount of power handed to them by the Union thug looking Clayton Cosgrove (that guy who is in Labour, but should be in National), under the ‘boy racer’ law cops can impound your car for anything, they have become judge jury and executioner of the law, a situation most democracies attempt to avoid, you know, for all those annoying little things like judicial separation of powers, so to cry out from the top of Talkback radio that Police need MORE powers to tackle boy racers is like saying America needs more handguns.
One might say the recent law that allows the cops to impound your car has led to an increase in car chases between young people and cops, you know the ones that tend to end in the young person dying while being chased by the cops, yeah those ones, it could be suggested that kids who get spooked race off because they think their car will be impounded, leading the cops to chase the kids, leading to the cops ‘calling off the chase seconds before the car crashes’ amazing that, seconds.
Hundreds of cars seized
Scores of cars are being taken off the road from boy-racer hotspots as police crack down on illegal street racing. Storage depots in the boy-racing meccas of South Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch are crammed with cars impounded in swoops by police and other authorities. South Auckland police say they have been seizing more than 50 cars a week since tougher legislation came into effect in May 2003.