School ovals turned into tracks as hoons drift into Secret Harbour in big numbers

Comet Bay PS principal Graeme Watson and Sgt Paul Trimble examine the damaged cricket pitch.
Sgt Trimble inspects more damage inflicted by hoons.
Comet Bay PS principal Graeme Watson and Sgt Paul Trimble examine the damaged cricket pitch. Sgt Trimble inspects more damage inflicted by hoons.

SECRET Harbour is rife with hoons, with even school ovals being used as makeshift drift tracks.

Roundabouts are another favourite of local hoon drivers.

For schools like Comet Bay Primary School, hoon behaviour has expensive consequences.

Principal Graeme Watson said the school would be out of pocket for thousands of dollars for top-dressing its lawn and possibly having to replace its cricket pitch.

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“It is disappointing when there’s anti-social behaviour on school grounds,” he said.

“This is extremely dangerous behaviour.

“From the school’s perspective, we have a really supportive community who are on the lookout in the evenings and during the school holidays.”

As sporting groups regularly access the school grounds, Mr Watson said it was not viable to fence the oval.

Police Minister Liza Harvey announced new hoon laws earlier this year in response to statewide frustration about hoon drivers.

Under the new laws, courts can order permanent vehicle confiscation for a first offence if a motorist commits a hoon offence in an active school zone, travels 90km/h or more above the speed limit or commits a hoon offence in a 50km/h or lower zone.

South Metropolitan community engagement officer Sergeant Paul Trimble encouraged anyone who witnesses hoon behaviour to make a report via the WA Police website.

He confirmed that police were investigating several incidents in the area.