News

Numbers tell true story ... the Sunshine Coast is hoon central

Staffan Andersson

IT IS official. The Sunshine Coast is hoon central in the North Coast Police Region, and police are unhappy.

New statistics comparing the six districts have found 40% of all hoon-related offences for the year occurred on the Coast.

Caboolture was the next worst, with 18% of the offences committed, and the Maryborough district had 17%.

The Coast also tops the list for the number of offences committed by unlicensed, drunk and unregistered drivers.

More than 1860 offences were committed on the Coast compared with Caboolture's 1336, and 916 in Gympie.

The revelation comes just days after Police Minister Jack Dempsey tabled what is described as "the nation's toughest anti-hooning laws" in parliament.

If the laws are passed, offenders' cars will be impounded after their first serious hooning offence. A second offence within five years would result in cars being crushed.

Police recently charged a 22-year-old man for hooning down a Maleny street and causing $16,000 worth of damage.

The man was arrested after he allegedly left 300m skidmarks down Bridge Creek Rd.

He was the first driver to be charged with wilful damage caused by hooning on the Coast.

Sunshine Coast Traffic Branch Senior Constable Darryl Campbell said the arrest should be a warning to other hoons. "Hooning will not be tolerated," he said.

To report hooning, call 134 666.

 

>> DRIVING US MAD
For hooning offences involving a speed trial, vehicle races, burn outs 
(more minor offences offences in brackets)

  • Sunshine Coast 55 (1868)
  • Caboolture 26 (1336)
  • Maryborough 25 (1011)
  • Redcliffe 14 (n/a)
  • Gympie 11 (916)
  • Bundaberg 10 (805)

Topics:  hooning, noise, police, traffic


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

A Police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle at the scene of a serious crash, Saturday, December 06, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Two-vehicle crash occurred at Kingston and Compton rds

Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

CRIME SCENE: Forensic police officers investigate a fatal stabbing on Cobalt St in Carole Park.

Witness tells court stabbing victim wanted drug money to pay rent

Latest deals and offers

Baby missing from Coast found in Toowoomba

UPDATE: The 10-month-old missing from a residence on the Sunshine Coast has been found in Toowoomba.

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

A Police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle at the scene of a serious crash, Saturday, December 06, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Two-vehicle crash occurred at Kingston and Compton rds

Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

CRIME SCENE: Forensic police officers investigate a fatal stabbing on Cobalt St in Carole Park.

Witness tells court stabbing victim wanted drug money to pay rent

Paramedics fought to save drowned toddler's life

Police at the scene of a drowning in Helidon Spa.

Toddler's death is third Lockyer Valley drowning in 17 months

Could this be the region's most diverse school?

Georgia Vaaelua, Year 6, and Riyak Rahmanhasan, Year 5.

Inala students share their traditions

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa