Rally-inspired hooning claim
TWEED police do not consider copy-cat amateur rally drivers an issue in the lead-up to Rally Australia, despite claims from the Greens young men have already started testing out the proposed route.
Greens Senator Ian Cohen has said Uki residents reported young men had been driving at speed on Byrrill Creek Road.
“It was reported that the drivers were covering their registration plates or driving without plates, so they know very well that what they're doing is illegal - not to mention dangerous,” Mr Cohen said.
“The young men have said to residents that they are trying out the rally course.”
But crime prevention officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said no rally-specific hooning reports had been received.
“There has not been an increase in reports of hooning above what is considered the baseline level in relation to the area proposed for the world rally.”
Snr Const Eppelstun said Tweed police received hooning reports every day and arrested about 1000 drink-drivers every year.
Speed on Tweed had never posed a problem with copycats in the past, he said.
“We have never seen hooning specifically related to Speed on Tweed. In fact, that type of event generally attracts a more mature motor sport enthusiast.”
He said police had dealt with Uki hooning in the past and always encouraged people to report any offences they saw.
“Hooning is part of unfortunate and ongoing deviance among young males every day.”