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LNP’s doubles move to get hoons off our streets

20th October 2020

The LNP has doubled its commitment to new technology which will shred the tyres of dangerous drivers after the plan received overwhelming positive feedback from the Gold Coast community.

On the Gold Coast today with LNP MP for Currumbin Laura Gerber, LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie said $1 million would now be invested in rolling-out road treatments that erode rubber when a car performs a burn-out or skids.

“Hooning gangs have caused misery for communities and put the lives of law-abiding motorists at risk,” Mr Purdie said.

“The support from the community for the LNP’s attack plan to roll out tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots has been incredible.

“Doubling the investment will allow an LNP Government to put the road technology in 80 locations.

“It’s time to get hoons off our streets and make communities safe again.”

Ms Gerber said communities were being plagued by gangs like the Mexican Hoon Cartel, whose members post burnout videos online, destroy property and have attacked QPS officers.

“Rolling out more tyre-shredding surfaces will stop hoons from causing mayhem outside people’s homes,” Ms Gerber said.

“The LNP will crack down on hoons because everyone deserves safer roads and safer communities.

“Right now hoons are laughing at the law and the soft Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“The LNP will launch a three-pronged anti-hooning strategy to put the brakes on the Gold Coast’s hooning problem.

“Currumbin wants more jobs and less crime and that’s what an LNP Government will deliver;

The LNP’s plan includes

  1. 100 new covert CCTV cameras: Based on a successful initiative in WA, the cameras will be located in hooning hotspots and provide a direct feed to police stations and officer iPads across Queensland. A future LNP Government will provide $750,000 to fund the scheme.
  2. Tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots: The LNP will fund the $1 million roll-out of an anti-skid road treatment being trialled by Brisbane City Council. The road surface quickly erodes rubber when a car performs a burn-out or skids, but causes no damage when vehicles are driven appropriately. The roll-out would enable 80 burnout hotspots to be treated.
  3. Anti-hooning gang laws: The LNP will introduce a new offence to apply specifically to members of established hooning gangs. The offence will impose an additional 3-year driving ban on hoons whose cars are impounded, immobilised or confiscated, rising to 5 years for repeat offenders.