Please attribute to Senior Sergeant Anton Maisey, Counties Manukau Police:
Police will be visible over this King’s Birthday weekend to prevent and disrupt illegal dirt bike riding activities, particularly in the South Auckland area.
On Sunday and Monday, staff assigned to Operation Metallic Red will be deployed across the district, with a focus on targeting dangerous and nuisance driving and the riding of dirt bikes.
Operation Metallic Red is an all of district approach to prevent and disrupt this type of offending.
Senior Sergeant Maisey says a team of operational staff from across Tāmaki Makaurau, with assistance from the Police helicopter, Eagle, will be visible and monitoring any gatherings involving dirt bike riders.
Police are working to prevent these growing into larger gatherings, in which we have seen some of the reckless behaviour emerging in the past.
“Police and the wider community have zero tolerance for this dangerous driving that puts other motorists and members of the public at risk,” he says.
“These riders show a complete disregard for others.”
Senior Sergeant Maisey is reassuring the community that Police don’t tolerate offending on our roads and will continue to monitor group bike rides.
“Any offending will be investigated and follow-up action taken.
“Police have held riders to account in the past and we will continue to utilise all available avenues around enforcement.”
This could include impounding vehicles, infringements, or arrests for any driving offences.
If you have any information on these riders, please let Police know.
We ask anyone that observes dangerous or nuisance driving as it is occurring to contact 111, alternatively if you have information which may assist us contact Police via our 105 phone service, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Holly McKay/NZ Police