Police launched speeding operations across the city over the weekend, arresting three while impounding 23 cars and nine motorbikes alleged to be illegally modified for street racing.
The speed campaigns in Kowloon East, Kowloon West, New Territories South and Hong Kong Island ran mostly on Saturday and dished out a total of 484 speeding tickets on top of the towing and arrests.
In Kowloon East, cops set up a 6am trap near Kai Tak, catching just two illegally modified cars with illegal turbos, suspension and rear spoilers.
In New Territories South, police set up road blocks on “arterial roads” popular with illegal street racers. Officers identified 10 cars identified as illegally modified, towing them, while two people were arrested: one 39-year-old man for driving an unlicensed vehicle and a 49-year-old woman who was a wanted person.
In Kowloon West, a 6am roadblock at Piper’s Hill on Tai Po Road caught eight suspicious vehicles”. Three of those were found to be illegally modified and were towed.
And on Hong Kong Island, nine cars and seven motorcycles were found to be illegally modified, while one learner driver was arrested for multiple offences including carrying passengers as a learner.
Police say dangerous driving and speeding are “serious crimes”.
“Once convicted, in addition to being fined, [drivers] may also be sentenced to imprisonment,” says the force.
Dangerous driving convictions were up 7% in the first nine months of 2021 against the same period of 2020, with 750 drivers convicted. Police also gave 208,261 speeding tickets during those nine months, around one ticket every two minutes.
Yet illegal street racing problems persist, with residents all over the city complaining of late-night or early-morning racing in their districts. Many car groups share timetables of their “meets” publicly, while pre-booked photographers crouch at bends on roads such as Shek O Road and Tai Po Road to sell “action shots” to drivers.