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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Australia's toughest hooning laws delivering results

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Friday, November 07, 2014

    Australia's toughest hooning laws delivering results

    Suburban streets and Queensland families from Cook to Coolangatta are safer than ever before thanks to Australia’s toughest anti-hooning laws delivered by the Newman LNP Government.

    Premier Campbell Newman promised families would continue to be put first, after revealing that thousands of potentially dangerous vehicles were taken off the streets in the first year of the laws.

    “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.

    “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.

    “The LNP Government’s laws see dangerous hoon vehicles 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.

    “We’re committed to ensuring Queensland is the safest place to live and raise a family, and our strong plan for tackling hooning is making our streets and neighbourhoods safer.”

    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.

    [ENDS] 7 November 2014

    Media Contacts: Premier’s Office 3719 7000 or Minister Dempsey: Andrew Kos 0408 912 821