SENIOR Constable Andrew Epplestun is asking for community support to help police get hoons in cars off the streets.
SENIOR Constable Andrew Epplestun is asking for community support to help police get hoons in cars off the streets. Tweed Daily News

Police seek help on hoons

TWEED police have seized and impounded the car of a young driver after the vehicle was seen doing burnouts at Tweed Heads South.

Officers say they need the public to help put a stop to dangerous driving and are asking locals to “dob in a hoon”.

Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun, Crime Prevention Officer for Tweed/Byron Police, said public information and support was vital when it came to policing traffic offenders.

“One of the most-effective tools in combating traffic offences is a concerned and co-operative community,” Snr Const Eppelstun said.

Police in the Tweed/Byron command have been running the “R3 Lose it” operation for more than 12 months, which they say has resulted in some significant successes for catching hoons and impounding their cars.

The “R3 Lose it” campaign asks members of the public to fill out a form noting the make and model of cars they have seen driving dangerously or hooning in their area.

Police collect the reports of hooning and the Highway Patrol can then target repeat locations.

If the witness is able to get a registration number for the offending vehicle, police can also target known offenders, Snr Const Eppelstun said.

“Hoon driving is a problem across the whole command, with recent reporting indicating South Tweed Heads and Banora Point are trouble spots, along with Kingscliff and Murwillumbah sectors as well,” he said.

“Police have significant powers to deal with hoon drivers and are motivated to address this problem.”

Another problem that police were becoming frustrated with was the number of noisy and unregistered motorcycles being used in public streets, Snr Const Eppelstun said.

“These motorcycles must come from a residence somewhere and we are seeking information regarding the location of those properties,” he said.

Last Thursday, police seized a car from a young driver after the vehicle was seen performing burnouts at Tweed Heads South.

“If the public can give us the information to be in the right place at the right time, as well as information to help us identify the driver, action will be taken,” Snr Const Eppelstun said.

The “R3 Lose It” reporting forms are available from police stations, or can be obtained through local Neighbourhood Watch groups.

Alternatively, people can phone their local police station, email tweed@police.nsw.gov.au or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information anonymously.



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