HOONING BEHAVIOUR: Police target hoons in the South Burnett.
HOONING BEHAVIOUR: Police target hoons in the South Burnett. Kate Darvall

Honing in on hooning behaviour in the South Burnett

TEN cars from the Kingaroy district are under lock and key, seized by police thanks to the hooning actions of their drivers.

Kingaroy Police Sergeant Wayne Bushell said the cars racked up huge storage bills for the car owners.

"The owner is liable for all the storage costs, and often storage costs more than the vehicle is worth," he said.

Under tough anti-hooning laws, cars can be impounded for up to 90 days or even forfeited to Queensland police altogether.

Sgt Bushell said hooning related behaviour was a huge issue in Kingaroy and surrounding areas, but people weren't aware the penalties were so steep.

"When a person is first charged with an offence, they will be issued a notice to go to court," he said.

"If it happens a second time, their car is impounded for seven days."

Sgt Bushell said repeat offenders faced losing their car altogether.

He said the laws did not only target the person sitting behind the wheel.

"There's a responsibility on owners of a vehicle to make sure it's not involved in hooning offences," he said.

"If a parent lends their car to their son and he does a burnout, it's the parent's car that will be impounded."

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