Police are broadening operations to target hoons, as their dangerous behaviour continues to impact the community across south-east Queensland.
Acting Superintendent Stephen Donnelly said taskforces have targeted mass gatherings of hoons across Ipswich, South Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast over the past fortnight, which have been planned at short notice.
“People attending are showing a blatant disregard for the safety of other road users and themselves in recent times,” he said.
“They are also committing offences as the group move from one location to another to avoid police detection.”
About 11pm on Saturday, August 21, an 18-year-old man leaving hoon gathering allegedly ran a red light while driving an unregistered and uninsured car.
He collided with another car going through the intersection at the Granard Road off-ramp of the Ipswich Motorway. The couple in the car suffered minor injuries.
At a separate incident at Browns Plains on Saturday night, a 46-year-old woman was driving out of a fast food restaurant on Browns Plains Road when she was blocked.
The woman was assaulted by another woman and an 18-year-old man allegedly jumped on and kicked her car, causing damage.
The man has since been charged with wilful damage, dangerous operation of a vehicle, wilfully making unnecessary noise and two counts of evasion.
He is scheduled to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 29.
On the same weekend, a repeat hoon offender was located and charged after police observed his vehicle doing burnouts.
The 22-year-old man and his yellow Ford Falcon was located at a shopping centre at Browns Plains and he allegedly ran from police.
The man is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on September 14 charged with driving while disqualified, unregistered and uninsured and obstructing a police officer. His car was also impounded.
Police across south-east Queensland will continue to target these groups.
“The people attending these events are not the smartest criminals we deal with,” Acting Superintendent Donnelly said.
“They film each other driving dangerously and then post it to social media. They are also not a loyal bunch as they quickly dob each other in.
“Hoons quite often think they have gotten away with it until we turn up at their home or workplace and they have some explaining to do, not just to us.
“We make no apology for cracking down on these dangerous behaviours. We will continue to prosecute and seize cars.
“The public have also been very helpful. If you see vehicles doing burnouts or dangerous driving occurring on our roads call us immediately so we can respond.
If you have footage of past incidents you can report it online. Go to the reporting tab of the QPS website, where details and footage can be provided.