Hoons put on notice

Pub­lic urged to com­plain

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

MONTO po­lice are crack­ing down on hoons.

The main ar­eas of dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­cern are Staatz, Yar­rol and the cor­ner of Evans Rd and the Bur­nett Hwy.

Sergeant Werner Crous said hooning was a prob­lem in most places but in­creased in ar­eas where there was a lim­ited po­lice pres­ence. He said the pub­lic needed to work with the po­lice to keep the roads safe.

“I strongly urge peo­ple to contact us if they see hoons,” Sgt Crous said.

“Peo­ple need to be proac­tive. It is not dob­bing.

“There is at least one death per day on the roads.

“I don’t know where peo­ple get the money for new tyres when ev­ery screech takes thou­sands of kilo­me­tres off the life of the tyre.”

Laws re­gard­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ers or “hoons” have be­come tougher. Po­lice will take the car you are driv­ing, re­gard­less of whose car it is, for 48 hours on the first of­fence, three months on the sec­ond of­fence and on the third of­fence the car will be­come the prop­erty of the state.

Sgt Crous said if the marks left on the road are ad­e­quate the speed of the ve­hi­cle can be cal­cu­lated.

Monto also now has a sec­ond po­lice of­fi­cer, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dave Ed­monds.

Snr Cnst Ed­monds ar­rived to part­ner Sgt Crous on Oc­to­ber 12. He has pre­vi­ously served in the Aus­tralian Army be­fore join­ing the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice.

Snr Cnst Ed­monds’ ear­lier po­lice post­ings were at South­port, Mudgeer­aba and Broad­beach on the Gold­Coast. Hewas then posted to Bar­gara for three years and Bund­aberg be­fore tak­ing his cur­rent po­si­tion in Monto.

“Monto is great. It is very friendly. My­wife loves it andwe plan to stay for five years be­fore re­tir­ing and tak­ing the car­a­van for a driv­ing tour,” he said.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

NO DRIV­ING SKILLS: Monto po­lice­man Sergeant Werner Crous in­di­cates the tyre marks left by hoons on the cor­ner of Evans Rd and the Bur­nett Hwy.

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