Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why I'm Loving the Crackdown on Hooning

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why I'm Loving the Crackdown on Hooning

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HURRAH for the new tough hooning laws.

Anything that deters morons from making their neighbours' life a misery is okay by me.

How many aeons have long-suffering citizens of Ipswich been complaining about these dregs that drag?

Decades, I can attest to that.

Having been kept awake many nights by the constant drone of revved-up wrecks as they roared around city streets, I'm totally in favour of any police crackdown on noise polluters.

Lapping may be a tradition or right of passage but it's not a worthy one we should uphold or condone.

Unless it's done in a place where it doesn't interfere with another person's right to a quiet life.

The Queensland Government's new laws regulating illegal street racing and hooning came into force on November 1.

They've been described as the "toughest anti-hoon laws in Australia".

The new laws increase the current impoundment period of 48 hours to seven or 90 days.

Type 1 offences at the outset - such as burn-outs, racing, speed trials, dangerous operation, careless driving, wilfully making unnecessary noise or smoke of a vehicle and evading police -- will be met with an impoundment period of 90 days.

For a second offence, the culprit loses the car.

Type 2 offences include driving a vehicle while uninsured at the same time as unregistered, driving without a licence, driving with a high alcohol limit, exceeding the speed limit by more than 40kmh and not complying with vehicle and safety standards.

The first Type 2 offence is a pre-impoundment offence, while for a second offence the vehicle will be immobilised or impounded for seven days, then 90 days for the third offence and forfeited on any subsequent offence. There are grounds to appeal impoundment.

This figure will illustrate the scale of the problem in Queensland: last year, under the previous less harsh legislation, 10,382 vehicles were impounded. …

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