8 January 2003
I refer to your email of 14 November 2002 concerning the introduction of the Beattie Government’s anti-‘hooning’ laws.
From the outset, let me assure you that the legislation is not designed to victimise any person within our community, but will only target those persons who persist in flouting the law by driving in a dangerous or disruptive manner.
As you know, the Beattie Government is concerned about illegal motoring activities and ‘hoonish’ behaviour and has responded to wide community concern about these issues. While other laws allow for a range of actions to be taken against offenders involved in these types of activities, the available penalties have been insufficient to curb this behaviour.
The Government has therefore taken a stand against these dangerous activities that place the safety of other road users at risk, as well as the irresponsible actions of motorists who disrupt the lives of other people through their excessive noise.
I spent a number of months developing these tough but balanced laws and during this time input was sought from a range of bodies including the RACQ, the Law Society, the Council for Civil Liberties and the State Youth Advisory Council. The problem was also discussed with members of the public and parliamentarians both in Queensland and other states. All of these views have helped to shape the Beattie Government’s legislative response to this problem.
In conclusion, I am sure you will agree there is no plausible excuse for drivers who demonstrate a disregard for the traffic laws and the safety of other road users, not to mention their own safety and that of their passengers, by taking part in ‘hooning’ activities. I am confident the new laws will address community concerns, without unfairly targeting any section of the community.
I trust this information is of assistance.
Minister for Police and Corrective Services
and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
Carpentaria Minerals Province
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