Parents fear for kids as hoons tear up suburban street
HITTING speeds of 123kmh is dangerous anywhere, especially in the middle of a Rockhampton suburb.
Amy Wooley is fed up with hoons putting the pedal to the metal on Rockonia Rd in Koongal.
"They just come flying up the road," Amy said.
The speed limit is 60kmh, but that does not seem to matter to some drivers.
Rockhampton Regional Council put down speed strips and has recorded speeds from 100-123kmh.
Within a 24-hour period, 15% of vehicles on the road had been recorded speeding.
That's unacceptable to Amy.
"I've got six children under the age of 10, and it's dangerous every time we reverse onto the road," she said.
"Someone smashed into our car at over 100kmh a couple years ago, so we moved our driveway to the other side of the yard."
Amy and her neighbours with small children were concerned at how many people were found speeding during school pick up hours.
"People are speeding at school pick up time; they are going over 100km an hour," she said.
"If someone's on the road they don't stand a chance if a car's going at 60km, never mind 100km."
Amy is hoping new hooning laws, enforced from yesterday; will see people slow down.
The new laws will impound a car for 90 days for offences such as burn-outs, racing, speed trials and careless driving.
Hoons speed along Rockonia Rd every hour of the day
ROCKHAMPTON regional councillor Neil Fisher is doing all he can to stop hoons on Rockonia Rd.
"Residents have been concerned for a while. That whole area in Koongal has a large number of young families that are quite concerned about speeding traffic," Cr Fisher said.
After placing speed strips on the road, council found that there was someone speeding every hour of the day on the road.
"The drivers going the fastest are doing twice the speed limit and these are at times when mums are out picking the kids up from school," Cr Fisher said.
"We need to lift the police presence.
"We've had productive meetings with our state member Bruce Young, and we have to keep a police presence in that area," he said.
Cr Fisher is hoping more hoons are caught with the state's new hooning laws coming into effect this week.
He's also asking residents to keep an eye on anyone hooning and report them to police.
"If they see a car that is hooning or causing problems call 13Hoon, get the number plate of the car, or details," Cr Fisher said.
"Get them off the road and make our area safer."
ROCKONIA RD SPEEDSTERS:
- Speed limit is 60km/h
- 5am - 119km/h
- 9am - 116km/h
- 10am -112km/h
- 2pm - 123km/h
- 3pm - 112km/h
- 8pm - 110km/h
Speed statistics were taken from speed strips over a 24- hour period.