The streets are safer with tougher anti-hooning laws writes Premier Campbell Newman.
When we came to power two-and-a-half years ago, hoons ruled suburban streets and only copped a slap on the wrist if they were caught.
I knew that we needed tougher anti-hooning laws if we wanted to make Queensland the safest place to live and raise a family.
We consulted widely and our strong plan for tackling hooning is now making our streets and neighbourhoods safer.
More than 13,000 dangerous hoons and their cars and motorbikes have been taken off the road in the past year since we introduced Australia’s toughest anti-hooning laws.
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 have peace of mind and worry less about dangerous behaviour on the roads.
Business owners are also better off, without having to worry about hoons scaring customers away.
Our laws mean that dangerous hoon vehicles are taken from the streets for up to 90 days, while repeat offenders might have their car confiscated and crushed.
We also reduced red tape for police to make it easier for them to act on complaints and to act quicker to tackle hooning.
The first year statistics show:
• 1569 vehicles have been confiscated to be sold or crushed
• 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
Queenslanders wishing to report hooning locally are encouraged to do so via the dedicated HOON Hotline on 13 4666.