Dobbing on hoons hasn’t been easier
GYMPIE’S hoons should beware – the Queensland Government has made it easier for you to be dobbed in.
Residents in Gympie are pretty good at ringing in about hoon activity; the latest was reported on Saturday near road works at Sorensen and Groundwater roads on the Southside.
Officer in Charge of the Gympie District Traffic Branch, Sergeant Peter Webster said police were continuing investigations into Saturday’s incident.
He said in Gympie hooning was “reasonably prevalent” but not on an organised scale like some areas on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.
“We do have random acts of hooning,” he said.
The launch of 13 Hoon (4666) is set for the end of the year.
And Sgt Webster said the hotline would make it easier for the public to ring in about hooning and free up Triple-0 operators for emergencies.
He said it was a good idea and easy to remember.
“Often we get information from the public about hooning and we follow it up.”
When the hotline is launched people just have to ring 13 Hoon and their call will go through to a call centre in Brisbane.
Sgt Webster said the information would then be passed onto police and if a crime was in progress they would attend immediately, or they would investigate it later.
There are serious penalties for hooning like having your car impounded for 48 hours, three months or permanently for some repeat offenders.
Offenders could end up in court on charges of driving without due care and attention and risk getting infringement notices for defective vehicles.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said the new hotline was aimed at giving the public a way to easily report instances of hooning on Queensland roads and streets.
“Queenslanders told us that they were fed up with hoons taking to our streets doing burn-outs, engaging in illegal drag racing and generally driving in an unsafe manner,” Mr Roberts said.
“Trained call takers will answer the call and record details including vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics and location of the illegal activity. For hooning incidents actually underway and if there is no immediate danger to anyone, the information obtained by the operator will be forwarded to the designated Police Operations Centre to have police units detailed to respond.
“The Queensland Police Service emphasises that community members should not place themselves at risk to report this anti-social behaviour.”