ONCE upon a time ago, there was a family of four boys living in Central Queensland on a farm with their father.
One night, one of the boys, a teenager, went out with his friends to visit other friends in a nearby town.
On their way home, tragedy struck.
Two guys in two cars were racing each other along the highway when the three vehicles collided.
That night, five people died and one became a quadriplegic.
The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) has asked media to highlight the difference between illegal street racing (this incident) and legal racing in the form of Drag Racing.
As the national governing body for the sport of Drag Racing in Australia, ANDRA is concerned that in some instances of racing on public streets has been referred to as "Drag Racing".
"These incidents are unfortunate and tragic for all involved, however they are a result of dangerous driving and illegal street racing," a spokesperson said.
Drag Racing is a sport involving modified cars or motorcycles timed over a measured course. It is the most powerful motorsport on the planet conducted within controlled, sanctioned venues across Australia on a specially laid and maintained surface.
These same venues offer up "Off Street" events where members of the public can try Drag Racing for themselves by racing their regular street vehicles on a professionally prepared and administered track provided they meet strict safety requirements and guidelines.
The accidents shown in these Drag Racing videos show how easy it is for someone to lose control on any road, with safety measures or not.
Meanwhile, Rockhampton Traffic Branch Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater said reports indicated there were more 'dangerous driving' activities occurring after events at Benaraby Raceway.
However, Snr Sgt Findlater put the offences down to impatient drivers, not hoons.
"We get reports (of racing/hooning) along Queen Elizabeth Drive/Musgrave Street," he said.
Snr Sgt Findlater said reports of hooning in multiple lane streets was a common theme among reports, including across the bridges.
He said Yeppoon and industrial estates were also common places for hooning.
On The Bulletin's Facebook page, as part of a reader discussion topic, readers discussed hooning in the region and Drag Racing.
"People have passions, every single one of you, you may not agree or understand one anothers passions but that doesn't give you the right to belittle them in any way," Ryan Matthew Newport posted.
"Far enough they might have a passion etc and have no where else to go to live their life long dream (except Bernaraby) but that does not excuse them from doing in excess of 80kmh down residential streets (where a child could step out or someone's pet for that matter) or thinking its cool to chuck burn outs up the street as they take off to see how long a black mark they can leave etc etc.... Yes we were ALL young once and probably did some if not all of this stuff in our cars when we got our licences to....but yes they make me GRRRR to yes they need to SLOW down and think of others on the road as well.... Time and a place for everything," Veronnike Johnson said.
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