IT has been revealed more than 13,000 dangerous hoons and their street machines have been taken off Queensland roads in the 12 months since Australia’s toughest anti-hooning laws were introduced by the Newman Government.
The laws see hoon cars impounded for up to 90 days, while repeat offenders face having their car confiscated and crushed.
Premier Campbell Newman said suburban streets and Queensland families from Cook to Coolangatta were now safer than ever before.
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“Under Labor, hoons controlled suburban streets and only received a slap on the wrist, but we have made families the priority by introducing these tough laws,” Mr Newman said.
“Children who want to play outside their homes can now do so with greater safety and mums and dads picking up their kids from school will worry less about dangerous behaviour on the roads.”
In the first year under the new legislation, 500 vehicles were impounded for dangerous operation of a vehicle, 240 impounded for driving without due car and attention, and a further 29 for street racing.
More than 1500 vehicles were confiscated to be sold or crushed.
Queenslanders wishing to report hooning locally are encouraged to do so via the dedicated HOON Hotline on 13 4666.