The Queensland Police Service will launch a ‘hoon hotline’ next month in an attempt to give the public an easy way to report antisocial behavior on the roads.
Police Minister Neil Roberts confirmed the creation of the service – 13 HOON (134 666) – was the result an election commitment by the Bligh Government during the 2009 campaign.
“Queenslanders told us that they were fed up with hoons taking to our streets doing burn-outs, engaging in illegal drag racing and generally driving in an unsafe manner,” Mr Roberts said.“The 13 HOON hotline gives the public an easy to remember central contact point to report hoons to police.”
Calls will be taken at the new $54 million non-urgent police contact centre in Zilmere, helping to take the strain off the Triple Zero (000) emergency network.
Mr Roberts said the information provided to the hoon hotline would be forwarded to the designated Police Operations Centre to have police units detailed to respond.
“Trained call takers will answer the call and record details including vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics and location of the illegal activity,” he said.
Mr Roberts emphasised that members of the public should not place themselves at risk to report an incident, and urged people to still use Triple Zero if the situation was in any way dangerous or life threatening.
Anti-hoon laws were first introduced in Queensland eight years ago and were expanded in July 2007.
Under the current ‘Type 2’ provisions, police can impound a vehicle for 48 hours for a first repeat offence, up to three months for a second repeat offence, and permanently for a third repeat offence.
More than 23,000 vehicles in Queensland have been impounded since the introduction of anti-hoon laws.