Tuesday, 30th June 2020
The LNP will put the brakes on Queensland’s hooning problem with new cameras, new laws and new technology which will literally shred the tyres of dangerous drivers.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said hooning gangs were causing misery for communities and putting the lives of innocent Queenslanders at risk.
“It’s time to get tough on these hoons because right now they’re laughing at the law and the soft Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Ms Frecklington said.
“My plan will get hoons off our streets and make communities safe again.”
Ms Frecklington announced the three-pronged anti-hooning strategy on the Gold Coast, which is being plagued by gangs like the Mexican Hoon Cartel, whose members post burnout videos online and have attacked QPS officers.”
LNP candidate for Gaven Kirsten Jackson said the Gold Coast was a magnet for hooning gangs.
“The LNP has called on Labor to take action against local hoons, but nothing has been done,” Ms Jackson said.
“Labor is soft on hoons, just like they’re soft on young offenders, bikies and other thugs.
“Local residents don’t want to be afraid to use the roads or have hoons causing mayhem outside their homes.
“The LNP will crack down on these gangs because we all deserve safer roads and safer communities.”
The LNP’s plan includes
- 100 new covert CCTV cameras: Based on a successful initiative in WA, the cameras will be located in hooning hotspots and provide a direct feed to police stations and officer iPads across Queensland. A future LNP Government will provide $750,000 to fund the scheme.
- Tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots: The LNP will fund the $500,000 roll-out of an anti-skid road treatment being trialed by Brisbane City Council. The road surface quickly erodes rubber when a car performs a burn-out or skids, but causes no damage when vehicles are driven appropriately. The roll-out would enable 40 burnout hotspots to be treated.
- Anti-hooning gang laws: The LNP will introduce a new offence to apply specifically to members of established hooning gangs. The offence will impose an additional 3-year driving ban on hoons whose cars are impounded, immobilised or confiscated, rising to 5 years for repeat offenders.