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Hooning caught on camera

This vehicle was photographed hooning in Currumbin’s industrial area last week.
This vehicle was photographed hooning in Currumbin’s industrial area last week. supplied

A CURRUMBIN hooning incident has been captured on camera by local industrial-area businessman Scott James.

Mr James said hooning, such as that pictured, must be stopped before an offender or bystander is injured or killed.

"We see it regularly," he said of the incident photographed about 5.30pm (Qld) on Friday May 9.

"We had a brief downpour, which unfortunately regularly brings a few out.

"They persisted to try their best fishtailing and handbrake turns.

"They tried repeatedly until they realised we were watching, then they drove into the pole.

"A girl in the back of the car was screaming and egging them on."

Mr James reported the incident through local MP Jann Stuckey's hoon watch website links.

Ms Stuckey said a hooning incident in the same area during late-February destroyed a business's fence at a replacement cost of about $1500.

"This is a known hotspot, and we need police attention here," she said.

According to her office Labor currently impounds cars for 48 hours for first offences, three months for second offences and confiscates cars for sale or crushing after any further offences.

The LNP's plan is to impound cars for three months after the first offence and confiscate them after each further offence.

Mr James said police patrols curbing the behaviour were strong but had eased in the past 18 months, leading to more hooning.

"We'd like to see an increase in hooning laws," he said.

Burleigh LNP candidate Michael Hart said legal options for Gold Coast car enthusiasts would be helpful.

"Not that we particularly want to encourage this behaviour," he hastened to add.

Currumbin Australian Party candidate and passionate car enthusiast Steve Bowman said any policy should focus on driver education and police numbers.

"It's another example of the LNP trying to pick on a minority group that cannot fight back. It's paying lip service and getting their heads in the press," Mr Bowman said.

"They won't spend money on proper driver education and police.

"Police human resources are at an all-time low."

Currumbin Labor candidate Calum Hyslop failed to respond to My Daily News.

Topics:  driver education, hooning, jann stuckey, lnp, police, steve bowman



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