Brimbank,
24
April
2018
|
11:00
Australia/Melbourne

New local law drives hoons out of Brimbank

Summary

Hoons drivers and their spectators have been giving Brimbank a wide berth since the introduction of Brimbank’s ‘Hoon’ local law on 1 January 2018.

No hoon events have been reported in Brimbank since fines of $800 were introduced for anyone who participates or attends a hoon event in Brimbank.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council and local police were extremely happy that the new local law was proving to be a successful deterrent.

“We introduced this local law at the request of local police. It’s aimed at organised ‘hoon’ events and targets drivers, passengers and spectators, and allows the police to issue Council fines to anyone involved.

“There have been no reports of hoon events since the local law was introduced on the 1 January this year.

“The prospect of an $800 fine is proving to be enough of a deterrent to keep hoons away from Brimbank,” Cr Giudice said.

Sergeant Andy Oakley of the Brimbank Highway Patrol Unit, Victoria Police, said intentional high risk driving behaviour such as doing ‘burnouts’ or ‘drifting’ had been an issue in the Brimbank area for some time, attracting hundreds of young people.

“Local streets and intersections, primarily in the industrial areas, were left with the mess and damage for Council to clean-up and repair.

“A large number have been successfully prosecuted over the years, with car after car being impounded.

“Crowds were being encouraged to walk onto the roadway and block the attending police cars from going after the offending vehicles. Not any more though.

“The introduction of the local law has had such a significant impact that we no longer receive complaints of hoon gatherings in Brimbank since it came into effect.

“I expect that one day, they will forget about the Brimbank Local Laws, and will return to the area for a hoon event, but when and if they do the police and council local law officers now have the tools to appropriately fine them, and stop this type of behaviour in its tracks before it ever becomes an ongoing problem again,” Sgt Oakley said.

Under Section 26 of Brimbank’s General Local Law 2018, a person must not participate in, encourage, or attend a hoon event without lawful excuse.

In addition, the driver of a motor vehicle must not stop or park in close proximity to a hoon event without lawful excuse.