Hoons put on notice
Public urged to complain
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.
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.