ACT Policing has seized three vehicles and issued 52 Traffic Infringement Notices as part of an ongoing police operation to target anti-social behaviour and burnouts in Hume.
Around 2.30pm on Saturday 2 June, police attended Arnott Street in Hume following reports of vehicles performing burnouts in the area. Police saw two vehicles, a silver Ford Falcon utility and a silver Holden Commodore sedan, continually drifting sideways around a roundabout at the end of the street.
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The two male drivers were both provisional licence-holders. Their vehicles were seized by police and taken to the Exhibit Management Centre in Mitchell.
In a separate incident around midnight on Saturday 4 May, police seized a blue Holden Commodore utility on Sheppard Street, Hume after receiving reports of the vehicle performing burnouts in the area. The driver, a 19-year-old Jerrabomberra man, will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3 July.
Woden patrol Sergeant Mark Steel said police have increased patrols in Hume after receiving reports from concerned business owners and employees of anti-social behaviour and vehicles performing burnouts.
“In this most recent incident, members of the public confronted the offenders, then sought refuge in a local business after being verbally abused. We have also received several reports of property damage and vandalism in the area, including graffiti, dumping of rubbish and lighting fires,” Sergeant Steel said.
“This anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by police. We have already seized several cars and will not hesitate to do so again,” Sergeant Steel said.
Under section 5 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, police may seize vehicles for offences of street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving. Vehicles can be seized for up to 90 days for a first offence and may be seized and forfeited to the Territory for a second offence if ordered by the Courts.
If you see any anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving in your area, contact ACT Policing Operations immediately on 131-444.
Anyone with information which can assist the police investigation into the recent anti-social behaviour in Hume is urged contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.