I see the police in New Zealand are shocked at the behaviour of young people again. Apparently, a bunch of youths who like something slightly unusual and a bit risky have filmed themselves doing something entirely legal.
Shown the video, amazed police officers in Auckland described their actions as “incredibly stupid” and “idiotic”.
Superintendent John Kelly said: “What concerns me is the speed they get up to and the lack of control they have got.
“They’ve got no brakes. If something goes wrong in front of them, they’re terribly exposed to risk.”
Another experienced traffic officer, Sergeant Stu Kearns, said: “Anyone using a skateboard on a road like that has a death wish.”
At the top of the Bombay Hills heading south from Auckland, State Highway 1 ceases to be classified as a motorway and becomes an expressway, meaning pedestrians and cyclists are permitted to use it.
Although skateboarders are defined as pedestrians, police say they could be charged with careless driving or failing to keep left.
Kids? Having fun? Taking risks? How dare they! We’ll find some reason to penalise them, don’t worry! And if there isn’t, well, we’ll make something up.