The Queensland Government has published advice online regarding how to report hoon behaviour.
Hooning is the common word for any antisocial behaviour conducted in a motor vehicle.
There's a Hoon Online form where people can submit reports.
Hooning activites include, but are not limited to:
- Illegal street racing
- Travelling at high speeds
- Burnout offences
- Playing loud music from car stereos
- Speed boat hooning
- Drink driving.
Hooning includes any number of traffic offences, such as dangerous driving, careless driving, driving without reasonable consideration for other people, driving in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke, and racing or conducting speed trials on a public road.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads portfolio councillor Bill Trevor said he was sometimes contacted by ratepayers concerned about hoons.
“I let them know that it's a police matter,” he said.
“People should take down the registration details of the offending vehicle, call 134666 or report the matter to a local police station.”
Police say that penalties vary for different hooning offences. For example, driving in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke carries a maximum fine of 20 penalty units ($2611) while the most serious offences, such as careless driving — also known as driving without due care and attention — or street racing, carry a maximum fine of 40 penalty units ($5222) or six months in jail.
In addition, for specific offences classed as hooning — antisocial behaviour in a motor vehicle — police now have the power to impound, immobilise and confiscate the vehicle being driven when the offence was committed.