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Police crackdown on illegal street racing sees 43 tickets issued, speeds up to 150km/h witnessed

Forty-three infringement notices tickets were issued in Tauranga over the weekend for speeding, driver licence breaches and vehicle defects after police targeted "illegal street racing and anti-social driver behaviour". 

Sergeant Scott Merritt of the Western Bay of Plenty Police said in a statement that some drivers were driving at speeds of 150 kilometres per hour down the Tauranga Eastern Link.

They were also said to be doing burn-outs on Old Coach Rd. 

"This type of high risk behaviour puts the drivers and other road users in significant danger," Sergeant Merritt said. 

"This isn't a case of young people having fun, they are a danger to themselves and others."

Twelve vehicles were impounded in total, two drivers were charged with illegal street racing, seven drivers were charged with sustained loss of traction and two drivers were charged with excess breath alcohol. 

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