Council and police are working together to stamp out hooning, with a trial underway of an innovative road surface that shreds tyres during burn-outs.
A calcite bauxite treatment has been laid down at two intersections at Forgan Road, Joyner and at Bult Drive, Brendale.
The trial will determine if it stopped hooning, but also find out if the surface caused noise impacts and how well it held up under the weight of daily traffic. It is noted that the surface will not damage tyres under normal conditions, such as when people drive according to the road rules and conditions.
The trial will monitor the surface for up to nine months, with council then determining whether to roll it out at other hooning hotspots, identified from residents’ complaints. Mayor Peter Flannery said the trial will ultimately be measured in terms of success in reducing hooning.
‘We’re working with residents and businesses and so far we haven’t had any more reports of hooning in the locations with the new road surface,’ said Mayor Flannery
‘This is expected to be an ongoing program from council that covers larger areas where there is hooning – so people can’t just move to the next intersection and do their burn-outs there instead.’
Council also has mobile camera units that we can install around the region in known hooning hotspots, and we can share footage with police.
Bult Drive, in Brendale’s industrial area, was chosen for the trial to measure how the surface would hold up under heavy vehicle use, while the intersections along Forgan Road were identified as a result of residents’ complaints to Cr Cath Tonks (Div 9).
‘On Forgan Road, residents have been reporting regular instances of a lot of hooning noise, speeding vehicles, with tyre marks and rubber being left behind at the intersections,’ said Cr Tonks.
‘Many Brendale business owners also got in touch with me as they were also impacted by the damage and rubbish left behind by the hooning activity.’
To make a report phone the Hoonline on 131 666 or lodge it online here.