From Fines to Prison Time: The Real Costs of Street Hooning in Queensland
Street hooning: an umbrella term for dangerous driving behaviour that can include speeding, racing, burnouts, driving under the influence and other actions.
While some may see it as ‘harmless fun’ - hooning can be a significant disturbance for residents in affected neighbourhoods, and lead to significant penalties if found guilty.
In Queensland, there are two types of hooning offences: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 offences include dangerous driving, careless driving, speed racing, evading police, and making unnecessary motor noise or smoke.
Type 2 offences, on the other hand, involve driving without proper registration or insurance, driving with a suspended or unlicensed license, and high-range drink driving, among others.
The Penalties for Street Hooning
Depending on the severity of the offence, penalties for hooning can include infringement notices, court appearances, and even arrest.
More serious offences such as careless driving or street racing can result in a hefty fine of up to $5,514 and a prison sentence of up to six months.
Impounding Vehicles Used in Hooning or Other Dangerous Driving Offences
In addition to these penalties, police also have the power to impound, immobilise, or confiscate vehicles used in hooning or other dangerous driving offences.
The cost of impoundment and storage fees can add up quickly, making it a costly ordeal for those involved.
While applying for early release of an impounded vehicle is possible, there is no guarantee of success. Applicants must provide evidence of severe financial or physical hardship, prove that the vehicle was not used in the offence, or demonstrate that the impoundment was unreasonable. If you find yourself facing the recovery of your impounded vehicle in front of the court, it's essential to seek professional legal advice beforehand. With time limits, substantial evidence requirements, and other legal complexities involved, having an experienced lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
If you’re facing a hooning charge in Queensland – seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Creevey Horrell Lawyers
Based in Brisbane, Roma, Toowoomba and Townsville.