“Trasher” Tolley? “Crusher” Collins? Oh please. Why the need to try and dress these popinjays up with tough sounding nicknames? So now the first car has been crushed, and I find that I must agree with this expert:
Car crushing ‘discredits law’ – expert
However, Canterbury University criminologist Professor Greg Newbold is scathing of the crushing laws, describing them as “vindictive, malicious, petty and an undignified way of dealing with the problem”.
It was “ministerial grandstanding” and using it to look as if the Government was getting tough on crime, he told NZ Newswire.”I think it discredits the Government and it brings the legal system into disrepute and engenders disrespect for the law.”
Crushing a car would not have any effect, and if anything would be more antagonistic towards young drivers, most of who would go on to be productive members of society, he said. “It would be far better to confiscate it and sell it to another buyer.”
Boy racers spent a lot of money on their cars and it would be far more effective to take their licences off them, he said. He put the drop in offences down to fear of that, rather than car crushing.
Ministerial grandstanding is right – right down to the posed photo of the trophy kill. Yeah I’m sure that car put up a helluva fight.