13,000 caught up in Qld's anti-hooning laws
MORE than 13,000 hoons and their cars and motorbikes have been taken off the streets in Queensland since November last year, according to new figures released on Friday.
Premier Campbell Newman said the LNP government had introduced the toughest anti-hooning laws in the country, making streets from "Cook to Coolangatta'' safer than ever.
"Under Labor, hoons controlled suburban streets and only received a slap on the wrist, but we have made families the priority by introducing these tough laws," Mr Newman said in a statement.
"Children who want to play outside their homes can now do so with greater safety and mums and dads picking up their kids from school will worry less about dangerous behaviour on the roads.
"Business owners are also better off, without having to worry about hoons driving customers away.
Under the laws, hoon vehicles can be taken from the streets for up to 90 days, while repeat offenders might have their car confiscated and crushed.
"The results are significant, with more than 13,000 dangerous hoons and their cars and motorbikes taken off the road since November 2013, creating safer streets,'' Mr Newman said.
The first year statistics show:
• 500 vehicles have been impounded for dangerous operation of a vehicle
• 240 vehicles have been impounded for driving without due care and attention
• 29 vehicles have been impounded for racing on a road
• 1569 vehicles have been confiscated to be sold or crushed
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said unnecessary red tape had been removed to allow police to act quicker to tackle hooning.
"Labor's laws meant that the Queensland Police Service could only impound a vehicle for 48 hours, and paperwork would take one officer an entire shift to complete," Mr Dempsey said.
"Labor's red tape also meant that anonymous hooning complaints were unable to be actioned.
"In contrast, our Government consulted widely to deliver Australia's toughest anti-hooning laws and reduce red tape for police, and we'll keep working hard every day to make our communities safer."
Queenslanders wishing to report hooning locally are encouraged to do so via the dedicated HOON Hotline on 13 4666.