Hoons still an issue for South Burnett residents

AFTER new hooning laws came into place, South Burnett drivers continue to ignore tougher legislation.

Maidenwell's Neil Van Kampf said he had heard hoons at 2am doing burnouts 3km up the road on the Bunya Hwy.

"Alcohol, and the need to show off more than anything fuels these things," he said.

Mr Van Kampf said it did not happen frequently, but he heard hooning on the Bunya Hwy three times in the four years he lived in Maidenwell.

Kingaroy Police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said the number of hoons had gone down since the new laws.

"The penalties have increased dramatically, with court appearances and vehicle seizures," he said.

Snr Sgt Frank said the police actively encouraged people who witnessed hoons to get the car's registration.

Mr Van Kampf said there should be more places where young people could do burnouts and blow off steam in a safe space.

"Doing this type of thing under controlled conditions, it would be great for the Queensland police and the Queensland Government to come on board," he said.

"I'd be the first to support it.

"Anything we can do for the younger generation behind the wheel of a car is good."

Booie's Robyn Jones also said the hooning on her street was constant.

"Where they turn onto the street for the 200m until they get to the house, they accelerate to 80kmh," she said.

Ms Jones said many animals and young children lived on her street including horses which were easily spooked by the loud noise.

Anyone can phone the hooning hotline on 13HOON (134666) and tell the operator the following information:

What the vehicle looks like.

What hooning activity it was.

The registration number.

The day, time, and place it occurred.