Hoons still snubbing the law despite crackdown

IPSWICH hoons clocked up more than 200 offences since the Newman Government strengthened laws clamping down on dangerous motorists' behaviour.

In the first month of the tighter laws police detected more than 4849 incidents, with 879 vehicles either impounded or their number plates confiscated across Queensland. The legislative changes, introduced at the beginning of November, reflect the crackdown on all anti-social and unsafe road behaviours.

Ipswich Traffic Branch Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton said the 246 offences Ipswich police issued matched the number from November last year.

He said despite the stronger stance on hooning some motorists continued their dangerous behaviour.

"There are people out there that continue to flout the rules even in light of the changes in legislation," he said. "Obviously they are not factoring that into their thought process when they go and commit type one and type two offences."

Queensland Police Service Commissioner Ian Stewart said police remained committed to making Queensland roads safer and reducing the road toll.

"The message is getting out there - go too far, lose your car. We will not tolerate the lives of Queensland motorists being risked because other drivers think they can continually flout the road rules."

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating from the Road Policing Command said the new legislation was already showing dividends.

"In one month we have seen significant numbers of drivers charged with hooning-related offences, and a substantial number of vehicles taken off the roads for repeat offences."