Turbocharged Mt Morgan blitz catches hooning drivers



CONSTABLE Craig Hughes wants Mount Morgan hoons to know they will be caught, charged and prosecuted.

And if last week was any indication, this threat is very real.

After hearing numerous complaints of reckless driving in the Mount Morgan area, police cracked down on irresponsible drivers during Operation Turbo.

An increased police presence in areas such as Struck Oil, Baree and along the base of the Mount Morgan Range yielded great results and police stopped a total of 180 vehicles.

Four drivers were charged with hooning offences, six were charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, nine were charged with driving without due care and three were charged with drink-driving.

Two vehicles were also seized.

"It was a greatly successful operation,'' Constable Hughes said. "We had a strong police presence in a lot of areas.''

However during the crackdown one accident occurred.

On March 3, a 20-year-old man driving along the range slammed against the side of the hill. He was charged with dan- gerous operation of a vehicle and his car was seized.

He sustained minor head injuries in the accident.

And although the operation was only a one-week crackdown, Constable Hughes said police will continue to have a strong presence on Mount Morgan streets.

"Because of the operation we will be conducting more using other resources. We thank the community for their support.''

Anyone with information on hooning in the Mount Morgan area can call the police station on 4938 1222.



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