Hoon hell for Walkervale residents
THREE years of wheels screeching and engines revving has left a Walkervale mother-of-three feeling fed-up.
The noise and danger caused by the speedsters has left Cathy Stepney fearing for the safety of her family.
“My biggest fear is that they’ll end up in the front yard and possibly hurt one of the kids,” she said.
“I also walk my dog at night because it is cooler and I’m terrified that one of them is not going to see me or lose control.”
Ms Stepney said the problem was getting so bad that she had considered selling the family home on Sims Road in an effort to move for some peace.
“My nerves are absolutely shot. I’ve got to the point where I don’t know what to do,” she said.
An accident has already been caused by the drivers’ careless behaviour.
“We’ve had a car in this street on the corner wiped out by one of the hoons, it was lucky no one else was there,” she said.
Ms Stepney said she did not understand the appeal of hooning.
“They just do stupid idiotic things. They burn rubber, drive fast and make lots of noise,” she said.
Ms Stepney said the cars would start coming past at high speed at about 8pm or 9pm and continue into the early hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Sims Road resident Beris Bauer said one of the worst things about the hoons was the noise.
“Especially if it’s late at night it does break your sleep,” she said.
Mrs Bauer said she had called police on numerous occasions but after the hoons had left they would be back the next night.
Bundaberg Police Superintendent Anne Macdonald urged residents to call police whenever they saw hoons.
“We take every incident of traffic complaints very seriously. We see so many people hurt or killed in accidents that we try to reduce that where ever we can,” she said.
Supt Macdonald said there was a dark side to hooning.
“You might think it’s great if you are sitting there spinning wheels and blowing smoke out of them.
“But if you lose control of your car and hit someone and kill them then you are going to go to jail for a long time.”