Hoons put kids in danger

HOONS have been frequenting the quiet end of Kenilworth St, leaving tracks and terrorising residents – merely a block away from where they could do it legally at Morgan Park Raceway.

Denise Cowell has been a Kenilworth St resident for 35 years and says while she’s “used to” the hoons, she is concerned that someone may get hurt.

“I’ve got grandkids and a few of the other residents have family too and that’s my main worry,” she said.

“One of my grandkids might get hit or run over, or one of my animals.”

Mrs Cowell said the stretch of road outside her home wasn’t the hotspot, but hoons travelled through regularly to the end of the street.

Another Kenilworth St resident said the hoons had been dragging on the section of road for the past 6-8 months.

“They usually come a couple of times a week. Usually it’s at night, but it has been during daylight on occasions,” the observer said.

“They’ve started leaving rubbish there too.

"They dumped four tyres and rolled them down the hill.”

Like Mrs Cowell, the resident was worried for everyone’s safety.

Warwick police Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid said police had received ongoing calls about hoons, including the Kenilworth St hotspot.

“We encourage people to phone us with registration numbers of the vehicles. Officers will then investigate and take necessary action where evidence exists,” he said.

Snr Sgt Reid said drivers who create unnecessary noise or smoke can be issued up to $320 in fines and have their vehicle impounded for 48 hours, or forfeited.

“Drivers have the option to attend licensed races where they can test their vehicles themselves in a controlled and safe environment.”



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