Watch out westies! :oo1:
Police launch crackdown on illegal street racing
Wednesday March 20 2002
NSW police have launched a crackdown on the dangerous practice of illegal street racing, particularly in Sydney's western suburbs.
Green Valley Local Area Commander Superintendent Ken Hughes said the police had launched a joint initiative to work with the community and develop a trial program enabling police to detect and prosecute offenders.
Through the program, residents will be urged to formally report incidents of dangerous driving.
"Illegal street racing and burnouts pose a significant risk to the community," he said.
"These people are dangerous drivers who have little regard for life or property."
Supt Hughes said while legislation provides police with strong powers to deal with the practice through legal action and confiscation of the offending vehicles, but the problem had been detection.
"Obviously police cannot be present in every residential area where illegal street racing occurs, however for sleep-deprived and annoyed residents, this is little consolation," Supt Hughes said.
He said it was concerning that these activities were being conducted in suburban locations instead of somewhere like the Eastern Creek International Raceway where they can choose to legitimately race.
Residents in areas around Fairfield will also receive a letter explaining the "Save Your Street From Illegal Street Races" program.