HOON HOTLINE TO BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTHThe Queensland Police Service's new hoon hotline - 13 HOON (4666)- is set to be operational by the end of the year, Police Minister Neil Roberts announced today.
Mr Roberts said the hotline was an election commitment made by the Bligh Government during the 2009 campaign aimed at giving the public a way to easily report instances of hooning on Queensland roads and streets.
"Queenslanders told us that they were fed up with hoons taking to our streets doing burn-outs, engaging in illegal drag racing and generally driving in an unsafe manner," Mr Roberts said.
"That's why the government went to the election with a commitment to develop a new police hotline to give Queenslanders a way to report hooning activity.
"The 13HOON hotline gives the public an easy to remember central contact point to report hoons to Police."
Mr Roberts said calls to 13HOON would be answered at the new $54 million Police contact centre at Zillmere on Brisbane's nort h side.
"Trained call takers will answer the call and record details including vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics and location of the illegal activity," he said.
"For hooning incidents actually underway and if there is no immediate danger to anyone, the information obtained by the operator will be forwarded to the designated Police Operations Centre to have police units detailed to respond.
"The Queensland Police Service emphasises that community members should not place themselves at risk to report this anti-social behaviour. If anyone is in immediate danger or it is a life threatening incident, police urge that callers still use Triple Zero (000).
"For incidents which have occurred, the information phoned through to 13HOON will be detailed to police for follow-up and further investigation."
Mr Roberts said that with the new Police non-urgent contact centre in Zillmere and the Policelink telephone service now operational, i t was now possible to bring 13HOON online.
"Initiatives like Policelink (131 444) and 13HOON take pressure off the network of Police Triple Zero call centres across the state while still ensuring members of the public can report illegal activity," he said.
"13HOON is another aspect of the Bligh Government's zero-tolerance approach to hooning.
"The Labor Government's response to hooning dates back to November 2002 when 'Type 1' vehicle confiscation laws were introduced allowing police to target anti-social driving behaviour including street racing, time trials and burnouts.
"In July 2007, we extended our anti-hoon laws to include drivers who repeatedly drive unregistered and uninsured vehicles, drive unlicensed or disqualified, drink drive over the high blood alcohol limit, fail to provide a specimen of breath or blood for testing, drive while under 24-hour suspension or drive illegally modified vehicles.
"Under these new 'Type 2' provi sions, police can impound a vehicle for 48 hours after a first repeat offence.
"Offenders can lose their vehicle for 48 hours for the first repeat offence, up to three months for a second repeat offence, or permanently for a third repeat offence."
Mr Roberts said that since anti-hoon laws were introduced, more than 23,000 vehicles have been impounded for 48 hours. Of these, more than 5,700 have been eligible for application to a Magistrates Court for further sanction."
Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
The Honourable Neil Roberts
HOON HOTLINE TO BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH