Scared North Rockhampton residents want end to hooning

FED UP: Margaret Balchin, Narelle Ranie and Bert Edwards survey the damage left after a car ran into Narelle’s front garden in Thozet Rd, North Rockhampton. They’re sick of constant hooning and dangerous driving in the area.
FED UP: Margaret Balchin, Narelle Ranie and Bert Edwards survey the damage left after a car ran into Narelle’s front garden in Thozet Rd, North Rockhampton. They’re sick of constant hooning and dangerous driving in the area. Michelle Gately

EVERY night when Margaret Balchin goes to bed, she waits to hear the screeching tyres and crumpling metal of yet another car crash.

The Thozet Rd resident is fed up with what she describes as constant hooning and bad driver behaviour.

Margaret has lived on the busy street since November last year and said while she knew there would be heavy traffic on her doorstep, she wasn't prepared for the dangerous drivers.

She said there were hoons in the area almost every night and drivers speeding or running red lights throughout the day.

Turning into her own driveway has become a worry, with Margaret resorting to doing a lap of the block to avoid turning across a busy lane.

A car ploughing into her neighbour's garden on Tuesday night was another close call.

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Narelle Ranie said she walked out her front door to see the car had taken out her metal fence, letterbox and two trees.

Margaret worries the same thing could happen to her property one day.

But she was scared it would result in the death or serious injury of a driver, resident, or pedestrian.

"These hoons seem to think they've got the right ... but we've got a right to live in peace too," Margaret said.

Bert Edwards, who has lived in the street for more than a decade, said the problem had intensified over the years.

"It is particularly bad now, but it's never been good," he said. Councillor Tony Williams said it was hard to curb bad driver behaviour.

"We need to continue to work with police to get regular patrols in the area to show it is unacceptable behaviour," he said. "It is a difficult situation, but we shouldn't shy away from it. You don't want to see anyone injured or killed."

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