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Car crushing a welcome hoon humiliation

Nearly three years since legislation was passed, the first boy racer car has been crushed by the police minister. UPDATED with new photos.

NBR Staff
Thu, 21 Jun 2012

Today’s public crushing of a recidivist boy racer’s car by police minister Anne Tolley is good news.

Three years after seizure and crushing legislation was introduced there has been a 17% reduction in grossly anti-social and mindless boy-racing offending.

Clearly, the hoons don’t want their cars crushed.

But some have not learned because the cars of 116 “second strike” offenders are in the wings, in anticipation of a third and crushing final solution.

Car crushing is a humiliating procedure and one which photographed offenders should be required to witness.

Public humiliation is a salutary lesson for many offenders – think stocks and pillory – and needs to be used more.

Young men, in particular, loathe public humiliation and being laughed at.

The car crushing goes part of the way in delivering a punishment which fits the crime.

It will be welcomed by law-abiding folk keen to see these street scum taken out of circulation.


11am: Police minister Anne Tolley this morning pushed the button to crush the first boy racer car since legislation was passed in 2009.

The crushing, complete with full media attendance, took place at a Lower Hutt scrap metal yard, and itook about 45 seconds.

The vehicle to be crushed had its wheels and tyres removed.

There are 116 vehicles on the "second strike" list, all of which face the crusher on their third strike.

The crushing was staged as a media event - an exercise in public humiliation.

Political insiders told NBR ONLINE former police minister Judith "Crusher" Collins, now Justice and ACC minister,  welcomes the event, but may be a little peeved that her finger is not on this button on this occasion.  

NBR Staff
Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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Car crushing a welcome hoon humiliation