A P-plater will face court for wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke and drink-driving after he returned a high-range breath-test result of .192%.
A P-plater will face court for wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke and drink-driving after he returned a high-range breath-test result of .192%. Che Chapman

Police put brakes on hoons and disqualified drivers

FRASER Coast police have seized 13 vehicles in one weekend, just as the State Government announced the introduction of tough new anti-hoon laws.

The cars were impounded by local officers between Friday and Sunday after drivers were caught doing burnouts and driving while disqualified.

One P-plater will face court for wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke and drink-driving after he returned a high-range breath-test result of .192%.

Police saw the 18-year-old's car doing a burnout in Hervey Bay.

They seized the car and impounded it for 48 hours.

The Maryborough District Police head, Superintendent Mark Stiles, said he was disappointed with the attitudes of some drivers.

"That is a large number (of vehicle impounds) and it is concerning for police," Supt Stiles said.

"People just don't care."

He was particularly concerned with the behaviour of the 18-year-old drink-driver.

"That is really concerning," he said. "That's a gutful of grog.

"Young drivers think they are bullet proof."

On Friday, Police Minister Jack Dempsey announced that Queensland would adopt the toughest anti-hooning legislation in the country.

He said police were putting the brakes on hoons by seizing the one thing that mattered to them most - their vehicles.

The new laws will see offenders have their cars impounded for three months for their first serious hooning offence.

A second serious offence within the next five years would lead to their car being forfeited and either sold or crushed.

"Queenslanders have had enough of hoons receiving a slap on the wrist for their dangerous and irresponsible behaviour," Mr Dempsey said.

Police have impounded more than 130 vehicles throughout the Maryborough District since the start of the year and more than 5300 vehicles throughout the state.

People who see drivers hooning are encouraged to take down the registration details, a description, plus the time and date of the offence, and phone the Hoon Hotline on 134 666.



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