Will­ing to take al­ter­nate route

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HOONS tear­ing up Bund­aberg roads are com­ing from as far as Glad­stone and Mary­bor­ough to take part in il­le­gal street racing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Thick black skid marks, some more than 50m long, and cir­cu­lar burn-outs have been left on the newly opened Eg­gmo­lesse Street.

But, if Bund­aberg po­lice get their way, not for much longer.

Road Polic­ing Unit of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said hooning had al­ways been a prob­lem in the Rum City.

He said Thurs­day nights seemed to be the prime time to rip a skid, and the hoons tar­geted new-roads like Eg­gmo­lesse Street, along with favour­ing the join­ing Fitzger­ald Street, Jo­hanna Boule­vard and Ring Road.

Now po­lice are send­ing a stern warn­ing to driv­ers who dare to drag race, spin their wheels or do burn-outs.

Sgt Arnold said even if the of­fend­ers were not caught in the act, po­lice would go through their car with a fine-tooth comb if needed to get them off the road.

“If we don’t catch you in the act, we will look over your car and look for an­other rea­son to take it off the road.”

When it came to hooning, Bund­aberg was no dif­fer­ent to nearby re­gions with of­fend­ers of­ten young and on P-plates, Sgt Arnold said.

He said hoons used Eg­gmo­lesse Street as a drag strip.

Last Thurs­day a joint op­er­a­tion between the po­lice and Queens­land Trans­port and Main Roads was set up in Eg­gmo­lesse Street area.

Sgt Arnold said 15 in­fringe­ment no­tices for traf­fic of­fences were is­sued and three driv­ers were fined for speed­ing in ex­cess of 100km/h in a 60km/h zone.

As the Svens­son Heights streets are known hoon hot spots, po­lice pa­trol the area of­ten and are look­ing into set­ting up a “mo­bile mo­tion-sen­si­tive cam­era”.

“These hid­den cam­eras are mo­tion sen­si­tive and will catch of­fend­ers,” Sgt Arnold said.

It was only last month the 1.6km length of road con­nect­ing Eg­gmo­lesse Street and Jo­hanna Blvd of­fi­cially opened, along with a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Eg­gmo­lesse and Fitzger­ald Streets.

Both projects were worth a com­bined $5.5 mil­lion, funded by all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

At the time Bund­aberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture that con­nected the re­gion and pro­vided a safer en­vi­ron­ment for road users.

Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in­vested $3 mil­lion into the Eg­gmo­lesse Street project.

Sgt Arnold said mem­bers of the pub­lic could do their bit to help stop hooning by tak­ing note of li­cence plate num­bers and the lo­ca­tion and time of of­fences, and phon­ing 134 666.


we don’t catch you in the act, we will look over your car and look for an­other rea­son to take it off the road.

— Sergeant Marty Arnold


HOON HAVEN: The newly opened sec­tion of Eg­gmo­lesse Street is be­ing used as a drag pad.

HOONS TAR­GETED: Sergeant Marty Arnold.

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