Jane, Josie, Mitchell and Daniel Hawkins with their smashed car. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Jane, Josie, Mitchell and Daniel Hawkins with their smashed car. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

In a spin over hoons

JUST BEFORE 4am Monday, Murwillumbah resident Jane Hawkins was jolted out of bed by the sound of screeching tyres and a loud crash.

The mum-of-two rushed to phone triple-0 while her husband ran outside to help.

They were gob-smacked to find their car mangled and the hoons responsible taking off in what they now know was a stolen Holden Commodore.

Neighbours gathered around the Hawkins' Prince St residence in their pyjamas. Looking over the twisted chassis and broken glass, they shuddered at what might have happened if the Hawkins' Nissan hadn't blocked the Commodore from flying into their yard.

"It's always disturbed us that our front bedroom is 10m away from the road," Ms Hawkins said.

Ms Hawkins' fears were heightened due to seeing a woman killed after she lost control of her car in front of Sathya Sai Primary School on Nullum St last year.

"Over the last three years it's (hooning) a regular occurrence. Every time I hear the skids, I'm waiting for the crash to happen.

"On Nullum St I have witnessed P-platers speeding. I've had to grab my kids and get off the road, and I've seen a friend have a near-miss twice in the same spot; it's just rife in Murwillumbah.

"When we called up we were told there was only one (police) car on for the Tweed area at the time, and they were at a death in Murwillumbah, and that car would take hours."

Ms Hawkins wants the police to step up their defence.

 

Readers have named other local hoon hotspots including Hastings Rd, Cabarita; Ourimbah Rd, Tweed Heads; Eviron Rd, Nunderi, Lloyd, Oxley and Heffron Sts, Tweed Heads; Darlington Dr, Banora Point; and Fraser Dr, South Tweed. .

Ms Hawkins wants an app for the community, like the Hoon Online Form used by Queensland police.

Highway patrol Senior Sergeant Chad George denied hooning was on the rise because the app was not available in the Tweed.

"Ring the local police station to report activity (such as burn-outs and speeding). They may not always be able to get there, but there is a chance they're around the corner."

He did not comment on the adequacy of resources to tackle the problem.



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