Hooning in suburban streets to be targeted
Published: 13 January 2016
Hooning in Logan’s suburban streets will be targeted using a new weapon that will provide police with real time vision that could lead to substantial fines or the confiscation of hoons’ vehicles.
Deputy Mayor Councillor Russell Lutton, said the City of Logan’s mobile CCTV surveillance capability would be used to provide police with high quality footage broadcast directly from trouble spots.
“Our mobile 24 hour video monitoring can provide the Queensland Police Service with valuable information on a wide range of anti-social behaviour including life-threatening motor vehicle offences,” Cr Lutton said.
“Evidence of irresponsible driving such as drifting, burnouts and street racing can now be relayed immediately to police to enable them to either catch drivers in the act – or identify vehicles and perpetrators long after they have fled the scene.
“Last weekend we targeted hooning in Flagstone following residents’ reports of persistent hooning in suburban streets late at night.”
Cr Lutton said in addition to the mobile capability there were more than 300 fixed cameras in Logan being monitored round the clock, enabling police to be alerted quickly to situations and to track offenders leaving a scene.
“Residents can also help by reporting illegal driving (hooning) to the Queensland Police anti-hooning hotline on 13HOON (134666) providing a description of the offending vehicle, including registration numbers, date and time,” he said.
“Council has also developed a 'Hoon Watch' form which we ask residents to complete and return to Council or their local police station.”
Anti-hooning laws permit the confiscation of vehicles for a first offence if drivers are behaving in a dangerous or life-threatening way. A second offence may lead to the confiscation and sale (or crushing) of a vehicle that has been involved in hooning.