Queensland is set to have the toughest anti-hooning laws in the country, with new legislation to be introduced in parliament, later this month.
The aim is to stamp out dangerous driving in the state, completely.
Roisin O’Brien reports.
Under the new legislation, people caught driving irresponsibly could have their cars taken off them for three months.
Repeat offenders are being sent a strong message, with the possibility of having their car seized, sold or destroyed.
Jack Dempsey, Qld Police Minister: “Stop endangering your life and other Queenslander’s otherwise your vehicle it’ll be crushed and it’ll be shredded. So do the right thing, don’t hoon in the first place and your vehicle won’t be crushed.”
Previously, offenders faced the impoundment of their vehicle for just 48 hours after a second offence.
In the last 10 years, 92% of impounded cars ended up back on Queensland roads; tough new legislation ensures reoffender’s vehicles are off the road for good.
The laws will also make it easier for Queensland Police to catch offenders.
Andy Morrow, Acting Chief Police Supt: “These additional sections and provision will allow police to operationalize the legislation in a far more efficient and timely way.”
Minister Dempsey says the police need to send a strong message to hoons.
Jack Dempsey, Qld Police Minister: “It’s a symbolic gesture when you see what’ll happen to your vehicle so change your behaviour, respect other road users and respect yourself.”
Members of the public are urged to report any hooning in their neighbourhood.
Residents can contact the hoon hotline on 13 HOON.
Roisin O’Brien, QUT News.