Hooning Crackdown, Fraser Coast

Police from Highway Patrol in Maryborough have fined an 18-year-old Maryborough man with hooning offences, following proactive patrols of the Hervey Bay region.

The driver of the Holden Commodore was intercepted on Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road in Urraween around 10.30pm on Saturday, June 1, after he allegedly completed a burnout on a wet road.

The vehicle was allegedly observed being driven dangerously before officers intercepted the driver.

The man was issued a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for ‘wilfully driving vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke’, which included a fine of $495 and 2 demerit points.

The Type 1 offence also resulted in the Commodore being subject to a 90-day vehicle immobilisation.

Highway Patrol Maryborough Officer in Charge Sergeant Josh Churchward said local police share the community’s frustration with illegal hooning on the Fraser Coast.

“If you are caught driving dangerously, you will face the consequences,” said Sergeant Churchward said.

“Police continue to use a variety of intelligence and enforcement methods at our disposal to stamp out this type of behaviour.

“Unfortunately, a small element of our community do not get the message and continue to risk the lives of others by their actions and stupidity.

“If you are the family member or friend of a person you suspect is engaging in illegal hooning, please take the opportunity to influence and correct that behaviour – or police will step in to ensure community safety.

“We encourage anyone who witnesses hooning or any type of dangerous driving to report it to police via Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

“Dashcam footage is also highly valuable, but if you don’t have that, it’s important to note the vehicle registration details, make, model and any unique identifying features to assist follow-up investigations.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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