Hoons ignore police plea

WHEN are they going to learn?

One hundred and fifty-two motorists had their cars impounded in the Gladstone Police District last year for hooning and repeat offences – drink driving, disqualified driving, driving unregistered and uninsured or failing to supply a specimen of breath or blood.

But the message is just not getting through, with 129 of these impoundments being recorded by repeat offenders.

Gladstone police are concerned by the figure, which places the district as the second highest when it comes to hooning offences in the Central Police Region.

Locally, 23 motorists were caught either dangerously operating a motor vehicle, carelessly driving, racing and participating in speed trials on roads, or wilfully starting or driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes excessive noise or smoke.

Gladstone police officer in charge Acting Senior Sergeant Owen Lawton said the number of Type 2 offences (repeat offences) was concerning, especially considering the Gladstone Police District was committed to road safety.

“This figure means that the person has already previously committed the offence, therefore over 250 offences were detected,” Acting Snr Sgt Lawton said.

Under state laws any motor vehicle found committing a Type 1 (hoon) offence is seized by police and impounded for 48 hours.

Additional offences include a 48-hour seizure, a three-month impoundment (second offence) or vehicle forfeiture (third or more).

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