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Traffic cameras help to identify six late night speed demons

Published by Jennifer on May 8, 2008 12:42 PM

Mentioning a "burnout" can mean many things - your friend from high school who spends his days playing video games in his parents' basement, or what your blender did when you got a little too excited about making gazpacho. In Christchurch, New Zealand, however, officials are happier about stopping a different kind of burnout with roadside surveillance cameras.

Thanks to the popularity of ridiculous movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious: Tokyo Drift, sport racing among teens is more popular than ever. Racing aficionados in Christchurch had been angering citizens, business owners and government officials for years with their onerous racing habits and the graffiti and trash they left behind. One of the biggest problems with the racers is burnouts (when a squealing tire from a roaring start or hasty stop burns, emitting an unmistakable stench). Aside from the noise pollution and dangerous driving, burnouts can damage streets.

Fed up with the damage, the noise, the litter, and the graffiti, a private security company based in Dalziel Place, Woolston set up a security camera inside his shop to record the racing hijinks - then turned the footage over to the police. Based on the evidence from the recorded footage, police officers were able to go directly to the offender's homes, and impound their cars for 28 days. Six cars in total were impounded, and every one in Christchurch seems to be breathing easier.

Read more at the NZHerald...

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