Staffan Andersson

Rocky police impound 50 cars in a week for hooning

YOU'RE going to be treated like a hoon when you drive like one.

That was the harsh warning Magistrate Cameron Press delivered to Dylan Bradley Robinson, who pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to causing excessive smoke or noise .

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Josh McLennan said officers pulled Robinson over when they saw the car he was driving lose traction and fishtail as it turned from Dawson Rd to Yaamba Rd on June 16 about 5pm.

He said police also saw smoke coming from the tyres.

The court heard Robinson was driving a friend's car at the time and underestimated the power of the vehicle as he drove through the intersection.

Mr Press noted Robinson had previously been issued a ticket for a similar offence.

"You wouldn't happen to be what one would call a hoon?" he asked Robinson.

Robinson replied "I try not to be", but some people may classify him as such.

Mr Press said if there was any evidence Robinson had been hooning on the road, he would have been disqualified.

He said the community were sick of hooning on the roads, with other drivers at rick and having to put up with the noise or smoke.

"You're treated like a hoon because you act like a hoon," he told Robinson.

 

Mr Press told Robinson he was fortunate not to be disqualified, an action which would be taken were he to come before the courts again for a similar offence.

Robinson was fined $390.

His case comes after Rockhampton police last week impounded 50 vehicles for hooning and other driving-related offences.

Inspector Adam Muir from Rockhampton Police said these offences were "constantly occurring" in the region.

Regardless of the vehicle's ownership, if a driver is caught hooning or driving unlicensed, unregistered or while disqualified, they risk losing their ride.

Insp Muir said vehicles could be impounded or immobilised for up to 90 days for an initial hooning offence.

If the driver is caught and convicted of a subsequent offence the vehicle is forfeited to the state for good.

Insp Muir said those caught for a second Type 2 offence, which covers disqualified, unlicensed and unregistered driving, could have their car impounded or immobilised for seven days.

A third Type 2 offence will see a vehicle impounded for 90 days, while a fourth will see it forfeited.

Insp Muir said there were 50 impounds or immobilisations for Type 1 and 2 offences in Rockhampton last week, which he described as fairly average for the region.

He said with more surveillance equipment in police cars and on officers, as well as increased CCTV, the law would catch up with those doing wrong.

In a recent Biloela case, Insp Muir said an offender had his car impounded after CCTV footage of his hooning led police to his door.

"If they want to run the risk that's fine, but we will catch up with them," he said.

"It doesn't matter if you're in a little country town or a big centre, you're going to get your car impounded.

"They're unrelenting these laws and they can be quite costly."