A WA Police Traffic Enforcement Group inspector has commended the organisation of a drag racing event at Barbagallo Raceway while criticising hoons who could not control themselves as they left the venue in Perths north.
Police targeted roads surrounding the October meet, known as Powercruise, with covert cameras in a bid to catch those who took inspiration from the afternoon’s action too far.
A live telecast of the Bathurst 1000 was also on show at the event.
Police this week released images captured of motorists doing burnouts and driving recklessly on nearby roads.
As a result, officers laid 33 charges and impounded 32 vehicles.
Traffic Enforcement Acting Inspector Chris Hannan said the drivers put “unnecessary attention on an otherwise well-planned and organised event”.
He was not surprised with the number of seizures and charges.
“Our roads are not a race track or burnout pad,” he said.
“The anti-social behaviour seen by some of the spectators and participants is unfortunately a sad reality, with little respect shown by these hoons for other road users, let alone themselves.”
A number of people faced Joondalup Magistrates Court on Tuesday in relation to the operation, the majority of them charged with creating excessive noise and smoke.