Illegal drag racing, burn-outs, speeding and other reckless road behaviour poses risks to the community. Hooning affects all road users and members of the public. It also poses risk to drivers and their passengers.
Reporting incidences of hooning
Council receives many requests to reduce hooning. However, council does not have the statutory powers to deal with this issue. You should refer incidences of illegal driving (hooning) to the Policelink Anti-hooning Hotline on 13HOON (134666).
When reporting a hooning incident, provide police with the following:
- a description of the vehicle/s
- vehicle registration
- description of the drivers.
This information will help police in dealing with offenders.
It is widely believed that traffic calming methods, such as speed humps, roundabouts or lower speed limits will reduce hooning. Extensive research and experience across Australia shows that this is not the case.
Law enforcement is the single most meaningful method of controlling anti-social behaviour.
Successful traffic calming works by reducing the average traffic speed. It relies on people driving to the road conditions. Experience suggests that traffic calming provides a challenge for some drivers to commit hooning offences.
- State government legislation gives power to Queensland Police to address illegal driving.
- The police anti-hooning measures allow for the removal of vehicles where motorists are found drag racing and/or dangerously driving.
- These powers came into effect in November 2002.
- In April 2013, the Queensland Government approved amendments to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 .
- The latest changes allow police to impound vehicles used for hooning (in the first instance) for up to 90 days.