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Another mass hoon bust in Belco

By johnboy - 5 September 2008 67

The AFP report that another idiotic mass gathering of car hoons, this time in Holt was broken up last night.

    More than 80 drivers were stopped by ACT Policing in Holt last night, just seven days after a police crackdown on more than 60 drivers in Tharwa last Thursday, August 28.

    Members of ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations were alerted by members of the public around 11.30pm yesterday (Thursday September 4) about a large group of vehicles engaging in burnouts and other hoon-type behaviour in the vicinity of Mulligan Drive, Bonner before the vehicles moved onto Stockdill Drive, Holt.

    Traffic enforcement officers and Belconnen general duties patrols then co-ordinated a stationary checkpoint on Stockdill Drive where more than 80 vehicles were inspected and their drivers breath tested.

    Police recorded a total of 82 negative screening tests for alcohol, six defect notices, nine Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN), with one juvenile arrested for offensive behaviour.

    Sergeant Bill Evans said the most concerning fact was that many of the drivers stopped by police last night, had also been involved in last Thursday’s incident in Tharwa.

    “A core of drivers believed a change in location would go undetected by ACT Policing and members of the general public who felt obligated to report illegal behaviour in their community,” Sgt Evans said.

    “By ignoring the warnings, drivers risk the loss of their licences, their vehicles for a period of time but more importantly, the risk of serious and/or fatal injuries through reckless behaviour.

    “ACT Policing will continue to target these drivers and we would urge anyone with information about illegal street activities including the large gathering of suspicious vehicles to contact us immediately on 131444,” Sgt Evans said.

Keep meeting in such large groups and you’ll keep getting caught.

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Another mass hoon bust in Belco
Holden Caulfield 8:44 pm 05 Sep 08

Of course the water coolers won’t be smoking. 😉

Holden Caulfield 8:43 pm 05 Sep 08

That’ll be smoking of a different kind, haha.

frank2112 8:20 pm 05 Sep 08

I guess our car club had better be careful at the end of the month when we go for our cruise through Canberra. Gotta watch us old VW drivers.

jessieduck 7:21 pm 05 Sep 08

So they’ve not yet cottoned on to the fact the police monitor them on Thursday nights…

johnboy 7:18 pm 05 Sep 08

It’s idiotic to keep meeting in these numbers.

hetzjagd1 7:07 pm 05 Sep 08

What’s idiotic about it?

GottaLoveCanberra 7:05 pm 05 Sep 08

“I just wonder if their is a law that stops such a group of hoons even associating together, like consorting.”

And what of those of us ‘hoons’ with our ‘loud and annoying’ cars that congregate peacefully hmmm??

Don’t paint us all with a wide brush.

Whatsup 6:57 pm 05 Sep 08

shauno said :

Did you actually read the report? Doesn’t sound like much illegal activity going on to me.

What about the bit that said

“a large group of vehicles engaging in burnouts and other hoon-type behaviour”

This isn’t legal activity. The group were smart enough to stop doing burn outs when the police arrived so there is some hope they will grow wiser in the future and stop endangering themselves and others.

cranky 6:56 pm 05 Sep 08

Yet another AFP cry for a dragway.

Danman 6:48 pm 05 Sep 08

Funny how if they can not get anyone for PCA they say 82 negatives – bigger numbers sound better no matter what they represent

canberra towie 6:45 pm 05 Sep 08

I wonder if they were drag racing on Stockdill ?
its a shit of a road at the best of the time but at the moment there putting the new pipe line in to the sewage works and the road has been dug up in several places !!

When will these people understand no one is impressed with there crappy noisy cars

still I guess the old saying you have to be young and stupid before you can be old and wise comes into play here

shauno 6:45 pm 05 Sep 08

“I hope the coppers throw the book at them for there is no place on our already dangerous streets for such types and their driving.”

Did you actually read the report? Doesn’t sound like much illegal activity going on to me. Seemed quiet well behaved given the obvious provocation that happens when these people get targeted by the cops. Also they need to be praised given on both occasions not one person was tested positive for alcohol.

Also given the fact the they would have been going over the cars with a fine tooth comb not many were defected. If the cops stopped an equivalent amount of cars at random any other time I would bet they would find just as many if not more defects.

And the comment from the cops. “Sergeant Bill Evans said the most concerning fact was that many of the drivers stopped by police last night, had also been involved in last Thursday’s incident in Tharwa.”

I know its pretty much a police state these days in Aussie but come on get a grip on it I’m pretty sure its not yet illegal to congregate in public with cars or other wise yet.

I would suggest in future Guys don’t do it in the Suburbs stay out on the nice roads out there at the base of the Brindies. And if the Cops want to waste there time heading out there after you then I suggest all this does is make it easier for the real problem drink drivers to head home knowing the cops are busy elsewhere.

New Yeah 6:31 pm 05 Sep 08

What’s the fun in doing circle work and other creative car stuff if no one is there to see it? I like their style.

Serendipity 6:24 pm 05 Sep 08

I guess this shows one thing, that the hoons of the ACT are not that smart. I mean, blind freddy could pick what the convoy of cars was all about. I didn’t report them but saw them at Phillip and guessed what they were up to, it was that obvious. I hope the coppers throw the book at them for there is no place on our already dangerous streets for such types and their driving. How long, I wonder, before their cars start being seized and hopefully one day, crushed. I know that as a normal member of the community I deplore the black burnout marks around our streets. They are everywhere which indicates to me that hooning is such a common but unwelcome thing. If its a cry for a drag strip from the participants, you are going about the whole thing the wrong way for all you are doing is further alienating yourselves from the rest of our community. I just wonder if their is a law that stops such a group of hoons even associating together, like consorting.

deye 6:20 pm 05 Sep 08

for a group of over 80 drivers, that seems like bugger all offences if they were really being bad. Seems like a bit of a beat up.

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