Po­lice sick of look­out hoons

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PO­LICE have voiced their dis­ap­point­ment with hoons who trashed a road lead­ing to a marine na­tional park look­out, rolling a car in the process.

Winchelsea Sergeant Janet Glee­son said that po­lice were in­creas­ingly be­com­ing fed up with hoons flock­ing to Point Ad­dis Rd, which leads to the Point Ad­dis Marine Na­tional Park look­out. “It is so dis­heart­en­ing and dis­grace­ful ac­tu­ally see­ing the dam­age and the mess it’s left,” Sgt Glee­son said.

“They’ve made a mas­sive mess up here.

“We be­lieve there was a fair bit of hoon ac­tiv­ity last night. I know the night shift came out here and there are now in­quiries be­ing con­ducted and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way.

“They ended up rolling a car, which got towed last night.”

Sgt Glee­son said the hoon ac­tiv­ity would not be tol­er­ated, and called on any­body with in­for­ma­tion to contact Torquay po­lice.

The con­cern comes af­ter po­lice last month re­vealed more than 100 hoon cars across Vic­to­ria were be­ing de­stroyed each month.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice fig­ures showed more that than 2200 cars were crushed in the 18 months to the start of 2017.

Cars be­long­ing to hoons try­ing to flee po­lice af­ter be­ing caught of­fend­ing ac­counted for al­most 150 of the cars de­stroyed.

Holden Com­modores ap­peared to be the car of choice for hoons, ac­count­ing for 641 of the to­tal of crushed cars.

More than 170 driv­ers in Gee­long had their cars im­pounded in 2016, with 56 due to sus­pended or dis­qual­i­fied driv­ers, 27 driv­ing un­li­censed and 12 caught speed­ing.

Gee­long High­way Pa­trol Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Peter Rad­ford in May said po­lice ve­hi­cles would soon be fit­ted with state-of-the-art num­ber­plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“Peo­ple are run­ning the

gaunt­let and it’s a danger­ous line to be run­ning,” Sen-Sgt Rad­ford said.

“We will be up­ping the ante with driv­ers who con­tinue to push the limit.”

Laws al­low­ing im­pounded hoon ve­hi­cles to be crushed were in­tro­duced in 2010.

Pic­tures: ALAN BAR­BER

Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rodger Licheni and Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Craig Atkin­son in­spect dam­age at Point Ad­dis and (inset) tyre marks at the scene.

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