Winning the battle against hoons

A LOCAL resident thinks he and his group of supporters are winning the battle against hoons.

St Georges Basin resident Col Louden keeps an eye and an ear out for local hoons – any time of the day.

He calls the police straight away when he hears or sees hoons doing burnouts, speeding or driving in an unsafe manner.

“I always had police answer my calls no matter what the time,” he said.

The ‘dob in a hoon’ supporter said police may not be able to respond straight away but what he does is supply them with the intelligence, like make and models of cars, needed to get the hoons off the streets.

“Police are doing their job and have taken at least eight cars off the road,” he said.

He knows some people in the Bay and Basin area just don’t report hoons anymore because they think the police don’t respond.

The anti-hoon campaigner urged people to not give up and keep on calling the police.

While he thinks he is winning, Mr Louden knows more works needs to done.

“I call a section of The Basin Road Mountain Straight because the hoons love it, particularly when it’s wet,” he said.

In some residential roads, with speed limits of between 50 to 70km/h, he estimates some hoons hit speeds of 100km/h.

He said it was a mistake just to think the hoons are young people.

“The hoons are not just p-platers, we are talking about people of all ages and people who should know better,” he said.

Mr Louden said rather than having an unmanned police station built in the Bay and Basin area, wants more police to be ‘on the beat’.

He and other community members want the police to have a greater visibility.

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