ON PATROL: Snr Const Llew O’Brien.
ON PATROL: Snr Const Llew O’Brien. Renee Pilcher

Technology closing in on hoons as police upgrade gear

ADVANCING mobile computer technology is making life increasingly difficult for errant motorists, police said yesterday.

And tougher vehicle impoundment laws will rapidly diminish the "status symbol" appeal of a hooning conviction.

Gympie District Crime Prevention co-ordinator Llew O'Brien said traffic police in the Gympie police division had been busier than usual lately, with a much larger haul of vehicle offenders.

"People thinking about driving unlicensed should be aware that they will get caught," Snr Const O'Brien said yesterday.

"New tougher vehicle impounding laws commence on November 1.

"Some people may have felt it was almost a status symbol to have their vehicle impounded for a short time, after a hooning offence.

"But when they lose their car for 30 days at a time, it takes away a lot of the thrill.

"Gympie police have impounded 82 vehicles so far in 2013.

"These have been for a variety of offences, including driving while unlicensed or disqualified, driving an unregistered or uninsured vehicle, driving wilfully to create unnecessary noise or smoke or danger."

Snr Const O'Brien said mobile communications and computer technology had led police in the Gympie Division to a "larger than usual haul" of unlicensed drivers."

On October 18, a male, 26, was arrested and charged with several offences after attempting to evade police in Violet St.

"The person was arrested after he abandoned his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot," Snr Const O'Brien said.

"He was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

"The previous day, eight people were detected and charged with unlicensed driving offences in the Gympie Division."

Snr Const O'Brien said police were using onboard technology to recognise offences and this had had an effect on the number of offences detected.

"If you're thinking about taking your chances driving without a licence of driving an unregistered vehicle, the odds are heavily stacked against you," he said.

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