Infra-red plan to identify city hoons

By FRAZER PEARCE

INFRA-RED cameras could be placed in hooning hotspots around Rockhampton to catch reckless drivers and ease late-night suffering for thousands of residents.

Rockhampton City Council's traffic committee chairman, Rod Green, yesterday said an investigation into the feasibility of the proposal had just begun.

He said it was hard for residents to detect hooning drivers late at night and an infra-red camera could make that task much easier by picking up numberplates and other details.

Rockhampton's move coincides with a call by Queensland's bigger councils at yesterday's Urban Local Government Association conference in Yeppoon to toughen up anti-hooning legislation by making the owner of the vehicle responsible for offences.

The current legislation requires the complainant to identify the driver of the vehicle.

For residents in local streets who are constantly bombarded with noise from hoons, the requirement to identify a driver before an offence can be investigated is regarded as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Cr Green said he supported the ULGA motion which would reinforce the importance of detecting registration details.

"You should be responsible for who you give your car to,'' he said.

Residents living on Lion Creek Road, a known hooning hotspot, also backed the proposal.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said hooning had been a problem for years.

"I'm waiting for the day when they finish up in my bedroom,'' she said.



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