Boy racer crackdown in Tauranga

All up, 12 cars were impounded and 15 motorists charged. Photo credit: Getty

Illegal street racing in Tauranga has reached fever pitch, with police launching a sting and nabbing dangerous drivers.

It took place on Saturday night and Sunday morning, involving staff from the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and NZTA.

Some were caught travelling at speeds of up to 150km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link, and others were doing burnouts and engaging in "anti-social behaviour", according to police.

"This type of high risk behaviour puts the drivers and other road users in significant danger," said Sgt Scott Merritt.

"We want to assure the community that we take their concerns and road safety very seriously."

All up, 12 cars were impounded and 15 motorists charged with a variety of driving offences.

Three people were exhibiting unnecessary speed or acceleration, and two with drunk driving. Forty-three infringements were issued all-up.