Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey discusses the introduction of tougher hoon legislation.
Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey discusses the introduction of tougher hoon legislation. Mike Knott

Foot down on hoon law

WHAT the State Government claims is the toughest anti-hooning legislation in Australia will go before Parliament next week.

Police Minister and Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said the new laws would see first-time offenders have their number plates removed and their vehicle taken off the road for 90 days.

If another offence were to be committed within five years, the vehicle would be forfeited, sold or crushed.

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

"Hooning is not only annoying for decent people out there; it also puts the lives of innocent people who share the road with these troublemakers at risk."

He said the Government was committed to being tough on crime to ensure Queensland was a safe place to live, visit and work.

"We're putting the brakes on hoons," he said.

Mr Dempsey said the new laws would enable police to place a sticker on the windows of the car and proceed by ticket for a "pre-impoundment offence" rather than having to proceed by way of a notice to appear or arrest.

"This will reduce eight hours of paperwork per offence for police, allowing them to get on with other important work," Mr Dempsey said.

He said the proposed laws were a vast improvement on the current laws which did not see vehicle forfeiture until after the fourth serious hooning offence.

"In July 2011, the former Labor government admitted anti-hooning laws were too weak but failed to do any thing about it," Mr Dempsey said.

"Over the past 10 years, 92% of the 320,000 vehicles previously impounded ended up back on Queensland roads. The proposed legislation ensures these drivers are immediately off Queensland roads, making local communities safer."

Mr Dempsey said the Queensland Police Service would continue to operate the Hoon Hotline on 13 HOON (13 4666).



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