Police put hoon drivers on notice

Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph

Kwinana police are cracking down on hoons.

Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rob Read said hooning in cars or on motorbikes was a major concern among residents.

“We’ve had a couple of seizures recently which have also included unlicensed drivers,” he said.

“For people hooning — eventually you will be caught.

“You may not get caught on one particular occasion but in the future as things build up, we’ve got intelligence and we will keep an eye on you.

“Eventually what goes around comes around and you will be caught and your car will be seized.”

Snr Sgt Read said it was also becoming a lot easier to track hoons because of CCTV footage and footage provided by the public. However, he warned people to be careful if videoing and to make sure the perpetrators were not aware because it could aggravate them.

Snr Sgt Read said the public could also assist police by recording dates and places where hooning regularly occurred

“Days and times, in particular, help because if there is a frequent time and day its occurring, it gives us a chance to get out there during that time,” he said.

Vehicles that are being driven in a reckless or dangerous manner, such as doing burnouts or racing another vehicle, can be impounded.

WA Police also has the power to impound the vehicles of drivers who exceed the speed limit by 45 km/h or more.

Snr Sgt Read said a common area for hooning was the backstreets near the Baldivis Spud Shed but he warned there were schools in the area, which made the act “disappointing”.

“Hooning in any residential or school area is dangerous,” he said.

“Drivers need to be aware of their reaction time.”

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