Hoon vehicle impounds in decline

The number of hoons’ cars impounded by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has dropped 25 percent in the first six months of 2017, when compared to the previous year.

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The Brisbane Times reported the trend continued during June, as the number of vehicles seized fell from 351 in 2016, to 185 in 2017.

A QPS spokesperson said a “number of factors” contributed to the decline and officers utilised a range of options when dealing with vehicles involved in illegal driver activity.

“With a greater utilisation of other options of impoundment, it’s likely impounded motor vehicles stored in holding yards will decrease in number,” the QPS spokesperson said.

“Drive in a manner that enlivens the laws on impoundment and you can expect police to take enforcement action against you, including enforcement of motor vehicle impoundment provisions.”

RACQ’s Principal Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said despite the fall in vehicle seizures, the number of car hooning offences remained a problem.

“We’re in Road Safety Week and to have 185 cars impounded because of hooning in June alone is concerning – it’s an average of six a day across the State,” Mr Tucker said.

“A recent RACQ survey found 70 percent of respondents think hooning is a bigger problem now than it was five years ago.

“This shows there’s still a lot of concern in the community that some motorists are treating Queensland roads like race tracks and this has to stop.”