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    Minister for Police and Community Safety
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Australia’s toughest hooning laws passed

    Minister for Police and Community Safety
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Australia’s toughest hooning laws passed

    Queensland will now see serial hoons’ vehicles sold or crushed sooner after the Newman Government passed the country’s toughest anti-hooning penalties in last night.

    The new penalties will see people committing two serious hooning offences have their car confiscated indefinitely as part of changes to the Police Powers and Responsibilities (Motor Vehicle Impoundment) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012.

    Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Queenslanders were fed up with dangerous hooning on public roads and wanted the brakes put on the perpetrators.

    “Hooning such as racing and driving recklessly in the suburbs is not only socially unacceptable, it is outright dangerous and places the lives of all road users at risk,” Mr Dempsey said.

    “In the past we have even seen hoons lose control of their vehicles before ploughing into yards and houses injuring and, in some cases, taking the lives of innocent people.

    “The community and the Government were sick and tired of hoons and these new penalties will see their cars off the road for 90 days for the first offence, and confiscated and sold or crushed if they commit a second hooning offence within a five year period.”

    The two strikes approach will apply to those committing Type 1 offences which include:
    • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
    • Racing and speed trials on roads
    • Wilfully starting a motor vehicle or driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke
    • Evade police

    Mr Dempsey said the new laws would address frustration in the community which, under the previous government, continued to see hoons back on the road even after multiple offences.

    “Under Labor more than 92 per cent of vehicles previously impounded ended up back on the road,” he said.

    “We are telling the people of Queensland that the police now have the legislative tools to truly put the brakes on hoons. If there’s a local hooning issue they should contact their local police station or the Hoon Hotline on 13HOON (13 4666).”

    While the hooning laws have now been passed through State Parliament, they won’t come into effect for six months to allow sufficient time for logistics to be finalised and community education about the new penalties as requested by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.

    [ENDS] 17 April 2013

    Media Contacts: Danny Donald 0439 719 116 or Lea Emery 0417 226 114

    Please note: the Two Strikes policy related to traditional Type 1 offences only. Please see the Proposed Motor Vehicle Impoundment Process Matrix below for a list of Type 1 and 2 penalties and definitions.

    Below is a list of current hooning offences broken down by district for the past 12 months

    Police Boundary

    Type 1

    No. of Offences

    No. of Vehicles Impounded

    GLADSTONE

    28

    23

    LONGREACH

    0

    0

    MACKAY

    36

    23

    ROCKHAMPTON

    24

    19

    CENTRAL REGION

    88

    65

    CAIRNS

    23

    17

    INNISFAIL

    5

    4

    MAREEBA

    5

    2

    FAR NORTHERN REGION

    33

    23

    BRISBANE CENTRAL

    3

    1

    BRISBANE WEST

    8

    6

    NORTH BRISBANE

    36

    30

    PINE RIVERS

    15

    11

    METROPOLITAN NORTH REGION

    62

    48

    OXLEY

    35

    25

    SOUTH BRISBANE

    21

    15

    WYNNUM

    16

    11

    METROPOLITAN SOUTH REGION

    72

    51

    BUNDABERG

    11

    11

    CABOOLTURE

    27

    19

    GYMPIE

    15

    12

    MARYBOROUGH

    28

    25

    REDCLIFFE

    16

    12

    SUNSHINE COAST

    60

    50

    NORTH COAST REGION

    157

    129

    MOUNT ISA

    8

    7

    TOWNSVILLE

    37

    26

    NORTHERN REGION

    45

    33

    COOMERA

    41

    27

    GOLD COAST

    34

    27

    LOGAN

    83

    70

    SOUTH EASTERN REGION

    158

    124

    CHARLEVILLE

    2

    2

    DALBY

    9

    9

    IPSWICH

    30

    26

    ROMA

    6

    3

    TOOWOOMBA

    41

    32

    WARWICK

    13

    11

    SOUTHERN REGION

    101

    83

    QUEENSLAND TOTAL

    716

    556