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Naas Rd Crackdown

By johnboy - 29 August 2008 139

In the absence of the long and oft-promised dragway local fast car aficionados have for a long time been heading out to remote roads to indulge their high-speed fetishes.

The AFP have announced that they’ve rumbled the trick out on the Naas Road south of Tharwa.

    ACT Policing last night (Thursday, August 28) closed down a section of Naas Rd south of Tharwa and breath-tested more than 60 drivers in a clamp down on dangerous and irresponsible driver behaviour, including suspected street racing and burnouts.

    Around 9.30pm yesterday police tracked a large volume of vehicles south through Tuggeranong to Tharwa. The vehicles then gathered at Naas and Apollo Roads, south of Tharwa, where police believe dangerous driving activities took place on public roads.

    In a coordinated effort between Traffic Operations, Specialist Response and Security and general duties patrols from Tuggeranong, police created a stationary vehicle checkpoint and sealed off the route from the area.

    More than 60 vehicles were checked as they left the area, with 63 negative screening tests for alcohol recorded.

    A total of 11 vehicle defect notices and eight Traffic Infringement Notices were issued. Police investigations into the incident are continuing today.

    Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Peter Davis said that last night’s police operation was part of an on-going effort to reduce antisocial driver behaviour on ACT roads.

    “Police are able to target these drivers with the assistance of the public and using unmarked police vehicles. This group appeared to have arranged this ‘meet’ which was quickly shut down by police.”

    “We will continue to target illegal behaviour and we would encourage anyone who may see this type of behaviour to contact police on 131-444,” Acting Superintendent Davis said.

The next move will be fascinating.

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Naas Rd Crackdown
amarooresident 3:52 pm 29 Aug 08

Having a dragway wouldn’t make a bit of difference to events like this imho. The big attraction to alot of participants is that it is illegal. Legal events require proper safety standards, scrutineering and organisation etc etc that they wouldn’t be bothered with.

Oh, and peterh I think you’ll find that ACT police do confiscate vehicles. Not sure if they crush ’em though.

smee 3:47 pm 29 Aug 08

My street is a public road too and I’m not fond of the idea of a boganmobile with smoking tires embedded in the wall of my loungeroom.

peterh 3:44 pm 29 Aug 08

I know! get the guy who owns Ginninderra falls to build a dragway out there. (it is in NSW)

ACT Government couldn’t do anything about it, and it is out of town.

justbands 3:42 pm 29 Aug 08

> and no innocents would have been hurt if someone made a mistake…

Unless of course someone happened to be coming the other way & one of these idiots lost control.

Out of the way or not, it’s a public road & you’re not allowed to race on public roads.

peterh 3:41 pm 29 Aug 08

johnboy said :

So you want to increase penalties from a few hundred dollars to effectively tens of thousands?

You’ll find yourself alone with the nutbags on that one.

JB, the best way to dissuade someone from doing something foolish or illegal in a vehicle is to set an example of no tolerance.

sure, it is a bit on the nutbag side, but I am sure that a heck of a lot of drivers, when confronted with the idea that if you get done drink driving, speeding or other dangerous behavior, your car becomes a cube that can sit in the driveway, (and possibly get stolen by a scrap metal merchant or jon stanhope for another piece of art) that the levels of illegal behavior would drop.

and the decision of the punishment would be by the ACT judiciary, so nothing bad would ever happen.

of course, If your vehicle was a horse, I wouldn’t want to see THAT cube….

Growling Ferret 3:40 pm 29 Aug 08

FFS – twas out of town, and out of the way. Before most people saw this story, did they even know where Naas Road is?

It used to be the Mad Mile on the Barton Highway heading towards Murrumbateman. It has at various times been Mitchell, Fyshwick and Hume. At least the Naas Road is out of the way – and no innocents would have been hurt if someone made a mistake…

smee 3:35 pm 29 Aug 08

hmmm, I’d rather this lot did it back of Naas on some deserted side road than in my street where it normally happens. Unless the Police handcuff every participant to their sink they are just going to go somewhere else and do it and, pissed off that they have been caught, drop burnouts around suburban streets as well.

This media release is just hot air and this type of enforcement is useless and I suspect the Police know that as well as we do.

I don’t know if a dragway would help or not but hounding these idiots and converting them into an oppressed subculture certainly isn’t.

Thumper 3:34 pm 29 Aug 08

It did kind of cross my mind….

just for a fleeting second…

p1 3:30 pm 29 Aug 08

Makes you wonder if ACT should build a dragway or something to get them off the street….

johnboy 3:21 pm 29 Aug 08

So you want to increase penalties from a few hundred dollars to effectively tens of thousands?

You’ll find yourself alone with the nutbags on that one.

peterh 3:15 pm 29 Aug 08

caf said :

peterh: As long as it’s applied equally to middle-aged drink drivers alongside 19 year old street racers, sure.

caf, anyone doing something against the law in their car, it gets compacted.

How many times have we heard of someone getting done dui, losing their license and then being picked up again in an unregistered car, with no license?

cube em all…

gargamel 3:15 pm 29 Aug 08

It may have been great work by those on the job (wouldn’t know – I was safely tucked up in bed reading my book on knitting socks at 9.30pm) but I reckon that media release is a bit of a shocker:

shanefos said :

Around 9.30pm yesterday police tracked a large volume of vehicles south through Tuggeranong to Tharwa. The vehicles then gathered at Naas and Apollo Roads, south of Tharwa, where police believe dangerous driving activities took place on public roads.

AND

shanefos said :

More than 60 vehicles were checked as they left the area, with 63 negative screening tests for alcohol recorded.

So what – the statement is that police *believe* dangerous activities took place – and???
The media release says these cars were being tracked *by the police* heading south from Tuggeranong yet the statement makes no mention of them being observed doing anything illegal – just that the AFP believed that dangerous activities were taking place. If they were being tracked by the police all that time then illegal activities ought not to have taken place.

Oh yeah – there was no booze involved either. 60 vehicles were checked (for what? road worthiness?) – 63 breath tests – all negative (would love an explanation as to why only 60 vehicles were checked when 63 breath tests were done).

8 TINs – okay – is that saying that 8 drivers were done for crazy ‘illegal street racing’ / driving? I’m confused – I don’t regularly read police reports but I woulda thought that tying the belief to the TINs would tell the reader that the police intervention on this gathering was both justified and a success.

11 defect notices – how does that relate to the mob and their ‘misbehaviour’? To me it just sounds like 18% of the cars checked were found to need new tyres, headlights etc etc.

shanefos said :

“Police are able to target these drivers with the assistance of the public and using unmarked police vehicles. This group appeared to have arranged this ‘meet’ which was quickly shut down by police.”

“We will continue to target illegal behaviour and we would encourage anyone who may see this type of behaviour to contact police on 131-444,” Acting Superintendent Davis said.

OK – so now it is illegal to go driving with 60+ of your closest mates…?

Sorry if I’m sounding like a prat – I’ve come across a such a meet myself – it looked like something out of the ‘Fast and the Furious’ – pretty much all hotted up Japanese cars. And yes, I quickly rushed off and rung the cops myself (these hoons interfere with my ability to read my sock knitting books afterall!).

But this media report is, to me, just a little odd.

caf 3:07 pm 29 Aug 08

peterh: As long as it’s applied equally to middle-aged drink drivers alongside 19 year old street racers, sure.

peterh 2:55 pm 29 Aug 08

shanefos said :

Great work by the men and women in blue! Wish there was more of it! Would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall and seen the reaction of all those meathead petrol-heads!

would have loved to see their cars all impounded and the participants made to walk home….

why don’t we have the impound and crush law here?

get caught doing something dumb, and your car is compacted.

shanefos 2:52 pm 29 Aug 08

Great work by the men and women in blue! Wish there was more of it! Would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall and seen the reaction of all those meathead petrol-heads!

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