Hoons Beware, New Laws on Way

16 Oct 2012 4:16 PMMichael Hart
 

Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Member for Burleigh, Michael Hart are getting tough on hoons with a proposed bill passed through Cabinet recently that will see Queensland implement the toughest anti-hooning laws in Australia.

The new laws will see an offender’s car taken off the road and impounded for three months following the first serious offence...

 

 

 

Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Member for Burleigh, Michael Hart are getting tough on hoons with a proposed bill passed through Cabinet recently that will see Queensland implement the toughest anti-hooning laws in Australia.

 

The new laws will see an offender’s car taken off the road and impounded for three months following the first serious offence.

 

“Not only will the car be taken off the road for the first offence, but a second offence in five years will result in the car being sold or crushed,” Mr Dempsey said.

 

“The Newman Government is committed to being tough on crime in order to ensure Queensland is a safe place to live, visit and work – and we’re putting the brakes on hoons.”

 

Minister Dempsey said the changes would tackle hoons head-on in Burleigh and work to take dangerous driver behaviour off local streets.

 

Member for Burleigh, Michael Hart welcomed the changes on behalf of local residents.

 

“The Newman Government’s new anti-hooning laws will do what the previous Labor Government did not do, take the hoons off our roads,” Mr Hart said. 

 

“Burleigh residents have had enough of hoons receiving a slap on the wrists under the previous Government’s weak laws and penalties.”

 

Michael Hart encouraged residents to be proactive in reporting hoons by contacting the Queensland Police Service’s Hoon Hotline.

 

“Members of the public should call the Hoon Hotline on 13 4666 to report any hooning activity they may see in the local area,” Mr Hart said.

 

“A description of the vehicle, what it was doing, the registration plates, the time and where the vehicle was, can go a long way to help police locate these offenders.”

 

[ENDS] 16 October 2012

 

 

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