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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Police operation targets hoons

Police have seized two vehicles, issued 97 traffic infringement notices and arrested six people as part of an ongoing operation targeting dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour on the Gold Coast.

As part of Operation Tango Vinyl which commenced in March, police intercepted vehicles across the northern Gold Coast on Saturday night, including at a carpark on Tamborine Oxenford Road at Oxenford where a number of cars and people had gathered.

Acting Chief Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said these type of targeted operations would continue to disrupt illegal hoon related activity and dangerous driving offences.

“We will continue to proactively address these high risk criminal behaviours that put members of the public in danger,” said Chief Supt Sheldon.

“Community safety is paramount and a corner stone of the Queensland Police Service. This is not a bit of harmless fun.  Their reckless actions could result in serious injury or even death,” he said.

“We will continue to target this type of behaviour and our officers remain focused on investigating and taking action against those involved.”

Included in the police operation results were:

  • Issued 97 tickets for a range of driving-related infringements;
  • Issued one charge for dangerous operation of a vehicle;
  • Charged four drivers for drink driving and one for drug driving;
  • Seized two vehicles;
  • Recovered two stolen vehicles.

Police say anti-hooning laws will soon be strengthened in Queensland to hold the registered owner of a vehicle responsible for any hooning activity carried out in that vehicle. The new legislation will make it easier for police to take enforcement action against mass gatherings of hoons.

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