BURNOUTS - we've all seen them.
You don't have to look too far to see the squiggly rubber marks encrusted on numerous roads throughout the Shoalhaven.
For those "performing" these "artworks" it is supposedly "fun".
However it's expensive fun if you enjoy destroying tyres and possibly cars in creating these signature moves.
And let's not forget the safety risk and possible injury to other unsuspecting motorists.
Or is it just a sign of supposed toughness?
For those out there who take pleasure in performing burnouts the warning from local police is simple.
"We are coming for you!"
Officer in charge of the Nowra Police Station, Inspector Ray Stynes said local police were working in collaboration with Shoalhaven City Council to combat "hooning" on local roads.
"After a meeting with council over these instances we will be working on a collaborative approach to this problem," Insp Stynes said.
"Council is undertaking traffic surveys on particular roads in relation to hoon activity and there is the possibility of installing traffic mitigation measures if it's feasible.
"It's not just in and around Nowra itself, it's at Worrigee, Culburra, West Nowra, through most areas.
"We are trying to do an overall approach on the whole issue rather than concentrating on one particular area.
"We'll start in one particular area and if things work well expand from there."
Insp Stynes said the offence carries stiff penalties.
"First up it's a fine and loss of points," he said. "If you are caught a second time it can lead to the confiscation of your car."
He said reports of these sorts of activities are often tasked to the local Traffic and Highway Patrol officers, however general duties police in Nowra, throughout the whole Shoalhaven and across the South Coast Police District are tasked and do have the capability to react these sorts of things.
"They are also tasked to general duties officers in the relation to prevention."
He said there are areas within the region that are known burnout "hot spots" and police regularly patrol those areas.
"We get information from members of the community about such activities happening," he said.
"The information we get from the community is invaluable. I've always said we can't do our job without the community support."
Insp Stynes said the best port of call for the community to report such incidents is to ring their local police station.
"If the public deems the activities dangerous and will impact on people certainly ring 000 or otherwise contact your local station," he said.
Insp Stynes said he has no idea what drivers performing burnouts get out of it.
"I'm no rev head - I have no idea," he said.
"Tyres are expensive - apart from it being illegal, I won't be doing it in my car, I can't afford it.
"I don't understand it, the financial impost for both tyres and the car itself.
"It has the potential to become a dangerous situation.
"Unfortunately in other areas, thankfully not here, we've seen these circumstances turn tragic and we don't want that here in the Shoalhaven."
Of course there will be the chorus of people who now say if the area had a motorsport complex these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen - there could be a dedicated area for those wishing to perform burnouts could be carried out in a safe environment off our local roads.
Maybe, maybe not - but we don't have a motorsport complex locally and why should we have to put up with this behavior?
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