IN HIS SIGHTS: Gladstone Police Constable Paul Norris is on the lookout for hoon drivers.
IN HIS SIGHTS: Gladstone Police Constable Paul Norris is on the lookout for hoon drivers. Mike Richards GLA

Police to crack down after hoons take over Gladstone roads

IT'S a shocking statistic and each day a new wave of numbers emerge, with hoons taking over Gladstone roads and clocking speeds "excessively” over the limit.

On Saturday, Calliope Road Policing Unit Constable Dayne Weiss-Marsch booked 14 drivers alone for speeding during his shift, the lowest offence a driver exceeding the 100kmh speed limit by 20kmh.

He's yet to find out the figures from his colleagues.

Gladstone Police pulled over at least six motorists this past week, with one driver exceeding the speed limit more than 60kmh.

Constable Paul Norris said it was likely the "random peak”, was down to freer roads during the school holidays, enticing reckless drivers to push down on the accelerator.

"And it's typically the younger drivers; inexperienced or want to show off; it's dangerous.”

"But with all of the new equipment we are getting, there is less and less chance of motorists getting away with it,” he said.

The three methods police use to detect speed is the mobile radar, laser gun and eyesight.

But the new 'pro lasers' will allow police to not only track the car in front of them, but the car in front of it.

It also contains a small computer, where information can be stored and kept rather than needing to be uploaded immediately.

This means police will be able to clock speedsters consecutively.

All of the bookings have been made on highways, some of those when drivers are exceeding the speed limit to overtake.

Constable Weiss-Marsch said the higher than normal numbers show a "clear lack of patience” by motorists.

"At 40kmh and over the speed limit, your stopping distance is reduced dramatically, your reaction time is reduced and the likelihood of surviving an accident at those speeds is also dramatically reduced.

"School holidays present a higher density of traffic flow in the region, therefore drivers need to remember to remain patient and not exceed the speed limit in order to reach their destination sooner.”

Constable Weiss-Marsch urges motorists who come across "anti-social” driving behaviour or hooning to phone 13HOON.



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