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Hoon around and you'll lose the car - even if it's not yours

Cnst Pete Smith from Hervey Bay police.
Cnst Pete Smith from Hervey Bay police. Alistair Brightman

DRUNK drivers and hoons are on notice to clean up their act or risk losing their cars for good.

Fraser Coast police are fed up with drivers choosing to ignore the rules and are reminding the community of the harsh penalties which now apply to those who fail to get the message.

The warning has been extended to family and friends who could also lose their car if the driver they lend it to is busted doing the wrong thing.

Just this past weekend, four people were stripped of their driving privileges and several cars taken off the roads.

In the first case, a 22-year-old unlicensed driver in Urangan who had allegedly already been disqualified twice before had his car impounded for 90 days.

An hour later, staff at the RSL reported an intoxicated patron who allegedly refused their offer to call Dial a Driver.

When the man was pulled over on Torquay Rd, he allegedly blew .240.

A woman in her late 50s, allegedly blew .172 when she was stopped the following day at Miller St.

Both drink-drivers had their licences automatically suspended until their court appearances.

On Sunday a 24-year-old driver lost his car for 90 days after doing a burnout

In Maryborough, police applied to permanently seize the car of a 37-year-old female pulled over on Gympie Rd despite repeatedly being warned against driving an uninsured car, without a licence.

Hervey Bay police Sergeant Paul Byrne said drivers needed to understand that repeat drink-driving, unlicensed driving and hooning offences led to impoundment.

Noting one case where a young man who lent his car to an irresponsible friend last week faced forfeiting it for good, Sgt Byrne said many car owners found themselves unable to come up with the impoundment fees which have to be paid before a car is released.

"With the number of transport options available there is no excuse to drink and drive or drive unlicensed," Sgt Byrne said

Topics:  cars hooning police road rules traffic



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