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Hoons cars will be impounded after first serious offence

FRASER Coast hoons will face some of the nation's toughest anti-hooning penalties after new legislation was introduced in parliament.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the new laws would see offenders have their cars impounded after their first serious hooning offence.

He said a second offence within five years would have far more serious implications with offenders' vehicles crushed or forfeited.

"For too long hoons have put the lives of Queenslanders in danger and been punished with little more than a 'slap on the wrist'," Mr Dempsey said.

"These new laws will ensure that hoons know they will be punished for dangerous driving on Queensland roads.

"The previous laws, by the former Labor Government's own admission, were too weak.

"Over the past 10 years, 92% of the 320,000 vehicles which were impounded ended back on Queensland roads.

"These new laws will put the brakes on hooning and ensure these dangerous drivers are off the road."

Mr Dempsey said the Queensland Police Service would continue to operate the Hoon Hotline which helped police target hooning hotspots.

"Members of the public can call the Hoon Hotline and report any hooning activity they have seen in their area," he said.

"A description of the vehicle, what it was doing, the registration plates, the time and where the vehicle was can go a long way to helping police locate these offenders."

Phone the Hoon Hotline on 134 666.

Topics:  hoons impounded new laws penalties police police minister



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