UNHAPPY HOONS: With the introduction of the hoon hotline, 13 HOON, the public is encouraged to report incidents of hooning. cont
UNHAPPY HOONS: With the introduction of the hoon hotline, 13 HOON, the public is encouraged to report incidents of hooning. cont

Hoon hotline ready to go

IF you’re fed up with being kept awake by hoons having fun - help is on the way.

The Queensland Police Service’s new hoon hotline - 13 HOON (4666) - is set to be operational by the end of the year.

“The 13HOON hotline gives the public an easy to remember central contact point to report hoons to police,” Police Minister Neil Roberts said.

“Trained call takers will answer the call and record details including vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics and location of the illegal activity,” he said. “For hooning incidents actually underway and if there is no immediate danger to anyone, the information obtained by the operator will be forwarded to the designated Police Operations Centre to have police units detailed to respond.

“For incidents which have occurred, the information phoned through to 13HOON will be detailed to police for follow-up and further investigation.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said hoons are an issue in Emerald.

“We encourage (residents) to report that sort of driving behaviour... rather than tying up Triple zero - use that number,” he said.“Identify the driver and car registration...(and that information will) become part of our intelligence and we will keep an eye out to curb their behaviour.”

New hoon legislation is tough and this is another step in deterring them, he said


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