Police have promised to continue disrupting Gold Coast hooning meetups, but believe they’re already winning the war.
Crowd numbers have been down and the number of fines is also dropping, compared to a massive weekend back in March that saw police officers targetted with projectiles while trying to break up a meet in Pimpama.
Officers have since been keeping a close eye on hooning activity around the Gold Coast, disrupting a number of meet-ups over the last few weekends.
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They were once again out in force over the Anzac Day long weekend, breaking up meets in the Hinterland, Helensvale and Stapylton.
Five cars were impounded and 34 infringement notices were handed out.
Acting Chief Superintendent Geogg Sheldon says it appears hoons are starting to get the message.
“There’s been a significant downturn in their numbers, and we make them the promise that we’ll be there whenever they’re planning these events.
“And we’ll make the public the promise that we’re trying to do the best we can to prevent this socially repugnant activity from going on,” Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said.
“We’re hoping the message is getting across, we had 600 a couple of weeks ago. Friday we had 30 vehicles, Saturday we had 40.
“The holding yards are getting full, people are losing their cars for three months at a time,” he said.
The increase in dangerous behaviour has also resulted in the state government adjusting hooning laws, to ensure police have enough power to put a stop to it.
It means that officers can charge the owner of the car for dangerous activity, regardless of whether or not they were the ones driving.
It’s then up to them to prove they weren’t the ones behind the wheel.
Acting Chief Superintendent Geogg Sheldon says that could encourage parents to keep a closer eye on their teens.
“Mum and dad might then find out that sonny-boy has been inappropriately using the car on the weekend and maybe some backdated parental control can occur,” Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said.
“And that might save a life for us.
“We’re looking forward to being able to take action against the registered owner of the car.”
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