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By johnboy - 14 June 2012 62

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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.

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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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62 Responses to
Hume roadwarriors caught out
basketcase 7:07 pm 14 Jun 12

Make it legal and tax it (or pay to use it). The dragway would have been great for that.

Otherwise one should ask, where can burnouts be done?

angrymotorist1 7:02 pm 14 Jun 12

When I was a young bloke it was almost an unwritten rule that burnouts in a heavy industrial area on a Saturday afternoon were OK. Where is the crime here really? At least they weren’t doing it in the suburbs where little kids are around. Use a bit of judgement AFP, jesus.

troutfisher 6:46 pm 14 Jun 12

This is exactly the sort of stuff the AFP helicopter should have been working on. Easy to get from one location to another location quicker than the “car club”, find the dickheads doing burn outs and driving like idiots from the air, and then track them to a point where they can be stopped and apprehended without any potential danger to the other law abiding traffic users.

I would be very happy to see my roads safer and minimising our terrible traffic statistics just as I am sure many of the business owners in Hume would like to see the “car club” go somewhere else.

If someone knows anyone in the cops, can you ask why this didn’t happen and get back to us.

DrKoresh 6:37 pm 14 Jun 12

NFI said :

Seizing vehicles for minor traffic infringements is a bit over the top isn’t it?

Not in the case of deliberate dickheadery. I don’t think speeding or even one or two DUI’s (within reason, obviously) but when you’re actively and consciously being a danger and a nuisance in 750+ kgs of solid metal then I think it’s perfectly reasonable.

grunge_hippy 6:21 pm 14 Jun 12

There are 2 dance schools, a fitness studio that runs Tai Kwon Do classes for children, all which operate on a daily basis, including Saturday. These knob jockeys were caught during the day. Will all you who say it is harmless fun be saying the same thing when they wipe out a family?

morons.

bundah 5:51 pm 14 Jun 12

What happened to the government’s promise of a dragway??

cranky 5:34 pm 14 Jun 12

In the recent past, I also would be questioning how appropriate siezing motor vehicles from burnout kings was. The penalty seemed far greater than the crime.

However, this behaviour has become common in suburbia, and whilst unaffected in my residence, the rubber results left on the road demonstrate a bunch of low intelligence adolescents have this way been.

Having witnessed a yoof in his (what else) Commodore pull a wheelie in broad daylight at a Mawson intersection, it has occurred to me that these idiots are so stupid that confiscation of the vehicle is probably the best way of getting through to them.

More strength to the AFP bow.

scorpio63 5:28 pm 14 Jun 12

Ongoing related matters on this one in addition to the fact that truck drivers are attempting to catch up on their zeds for a few hours through the night. Most of the Hume businesses have security cameras fitted and are patrolled 24/7 so kids choose another venue such as dirt roads away from business and residential areas – the long Jerangle one a good start, perhaps Shannons Flat or some forest roads via Tharwa to Cooma, better still buy an old rally car, keep your decent vehicles for town/work and burn out to your hearts content.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:43 pm 14 Jun 12

Lol

NFI 4:23 pm 14 Jun 12

Seizing vehicles for minor traffic infringements is a bit over the top isn’t it?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:05 pm 14 Jun 12

Solidarity said :

Few burnouts in an industrial estate… meh. Better than suburbia.

+1. Hardly the crime of the century.

Chop71 3:57 pm 14 Jun 12

keepitup said :

“If you see any anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving in your area, contact ACT Policing Operations immediately on 131-444. . .”

I live in Kambah. I’ll never be off the phone.

Tuggies would be safe if they squashed ’em

colourful sydney rac 3:55 pm 14 Jun 12

keepitup said :

“If you see any anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving in your area, contact ACT Policing Operations immediately on 131-444. . .”

I live in Kambah. I’ll never be off the phone.

I live in Kambah, we can take it in turns…

Solidarity 3:11 pm 14 Jun 12

Few burnouts in an industrial estate… meh. Better than suburbia.

keepitup 2:41 pm 14 Jun 12

“If you see any anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving in your area, contact ACT Policing Operations immediately on 131-444. . .”

I live in Kambah. I’ll never be off the phone.

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