Christchurch police prepare for third boy racer event to kick off Good Friday

Christchurch police are urging street racers to obey the law ahead of the third Aves Invasion, which will kick off Easter weekend.

Aves Invasion will begin at 9pm on Good Friday and last until Easter Sunday.

The street racing event caused chaos late last year, when thousands of cars cruised through Christchurch.

Drivers threw bottles, made hoax police calls and clogged the streets with cars.

This year, police are hoping for a more relaxed event.

"Police are aware of the Aves Invasion event planned for Easter and we are working to ensure the safety of all road users over that period," Canterbury metro area commander Superintendant Lane Todd told Newshub in a statement.

"This includes working with event organisers."

Event organizer Daniel Cossar told Stuff the Easter gathering would be a "well deserved holiday".

"Everyone's ready to take time off work... cruising, catching up with friends, enjoying a social environment, watching some skids, being a step ahead of the police as per the last Saturday night invasion."

Last year's event saw 177 tickets issued, and one arrest.

Todd noted police have seen a drop in the number of anti-social road use offences since the last Aves Invasion.



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