Cameras catch Mandurah hoons in the act

Dr Kim Hames and Charlie Gibson with evidence of hoon driving in Falcon.
Dr Kim Hames and Charlie Gibson with evidence of hoon driving in Falcon.

COVERT cameras have been installed around Mandurah as a weapon against hoon drivers.

The cameras are a State Government initiative aimed at capturing evidence of hoon driving.

Dawesville MLA Kim Hames said in the first week of a trial, cameras caught six hoon offences.

“We all know we’ve seen plenty of stupid hoon behaviour but the hard thing is capturing the evidence if police haven’t witnessed it,” Dr Hames said.

“The covert hoon camera commitment now means WA Police can capture that evidence and put these people before the courts.”

Dr Hames said the locations for the cameras would be determined through police intelligence as well as areas identified by residents as hoon hotspots.

“I have distributed flyers around hoon hotspots in my electorate,” he said. “The flyers encourage people to be alert for hoon drivers and explain how they can assist the police by providing them with any information.

“If the police get enough reports of menacing driving in an area, it will go on the list to have a camera.”

Sergeant Leon Birch said he received many complaints about hoon driving. He encouraged residents to do their part and report hoon drivers.

Police need to prove the date, place, time, road and suburb where hoon driving took place. They also need to identify the car, the driver and the offence.

“We need to prove this beyond reasonable doubt, so one person’s word against another may not get us there,” he said.

“You can obtain registration numbers, a description of the car and driver. Record the date, time and location and talk to neighbours to see if they witnessed it.”

Sgt Birch said witnesses must be willing to go to court and give evidence.

To report hoon behaviour, call 13 14 44.