Reducing hooning a priority for Mudgeeraba
Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates has given a glowing review of efforts to stop hooning in the hinterland after a community safety survey was conducted by the City of Gold Coast.
Ms Bates said Mudgeeraba residents were very aware of how to report hooning after a number of initiatives to get residents involved in community safety.
“Hoons are not welcome in Mudgeeraba,” said Ms Bates.
“Mudgeeraba is in the top ten most Neighbourhood Watch friendly suburbs on the Gold Coast and we have a very proactive team of local Police. By working together, we’ve been able to reduce hooning in the hinterland over the last six years.
“When I was elected, hooning was raised with me as one of our biggest local issues. Since then, I’ve worked with local Police to launch initiatives like Hoon Watch and start new Neighbourhood Watch groups to raise community awareness.
“Our Police believe in good old fashioned, proactive Police work and have targeted known hooning hot spots.
“The City of Gold Coast survey was conducted in areas with active Neighbourhood Watch groups to determine which law and order issue concerned them most.
“By raising community awareness and implementing commonsense initiatives, we’ve ensured hinterland residents are more proactive than anywhere on the Gold Coast and that is exactly what the survey results show.”
Mudgeeraba Police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Mark Anderson said Mudgeeraba Police had been working hard to reduce hooning in the area.
“Whenever information is presented through these forums, complaints are investigated and if evidence is available, individuals are prosecuted. In all cases, offending drivers are visited by Police,” said Snr Sgt Anderson.
“Traffic enforcement by the Road Policing Command and the Mudgeeraba Police also targets areas where complaints have been received. This includes the deployment of speed cameras.
“It is unfortunate that some individuals in the community continue to have no regard for the safety of others because of their selfish and uncaring attitudes.
“Eventually, they will be caught and will answer to the community for their actions.”
MUDGEERABA HOONING STATISTICS
Police efforts since 1 January 2015 as at 25 February 2015
Mudgeeraba Police have:
- Issued 84 traffic infringement notices;
- Charged one person with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
- Conducted 2,184 random breath tests;
- Arrested 16 drink drivers;
- Detected 27 speeding vehicles using speed cameras deployed twice this year on Somerset Drive;
- Towed 7 Vehicles for Type 2 repeat vehicle related offences;
- Actioned individual complaints from members of the public via Police Link, Hoon Watch, Neighbourhood Watches and the Police Community Consultative Committee; and
- Sought funding for more CCTV cameras in areas like Reedy Creek.