Hooning laws to get stricter

Maryborough’s Rebecca Pope points out tyre marks left from hoons in her street.
Maryborough’s Rebecca Pope points out tyre marks left from hoons in her street. Megan Pope

HOON drivers could soon lose their cars forever under new amendments to the Queensland hooning laws.

The new laws would see the vehicles of repeat offenders impounded and in some circumstances repossessed by the state.

Maryborough woman Rebecca Pope said she was happy to hear of the possible changes to the hooning laws after a scare last week.

"My house is near where two streets meet, and people speed down it all the time" she said.

"The other day a hoon was speeding down the street and only just managed to pull up in time to avoid driving through our front yard.

"It was ridiculous."

Ms Pope said she hoped the new laws would make people think twice before driving dangerously.

"They are not just risking their lives, they're risking everyone else's as well," she said.

"There are a lot of families around here."

If passed, police will be able to seize vehicles for up to three months on top of an initial 48-hour impoundment.

The changes would also see repeat drivers lose their vehicles for up to seven days after the initial offence, a five day increase on the current laws.

More than 31,000 cars had been impounded across Queensland since the hoon laws were last changed in 2001.

Maryborough police traffic officer Sergeant Anthony McCarthy said several cars had been impounded in the Fraser Coast this year.

"We found that people really responded to having their cars impounded," Sgt McCarthy said.

"If we get tougher penalties it should reduce the number of bad drivers in the area."

Fines and immediate impoundments will occur for all type 1 hoons who are found driving dangerously.

Repeat type 2 hoons - those with uninsured, unregistered or defective vehicles - will also face immediate impoundments.

"The best thing people can do is write down the car's registration number and model and then contact Police Link." To report a hoon call 13 HOON (134 666) or Police Link on 131 444.

Topics:  fraser coast queensland

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