Hi-tech roadside cameras would have absolutely no effect on these young hoons in a stolen car filmed in Cairns recently

Anti-hooning camera trailers will be used as part of a trial police program targeting dangerous hooning behaviour in our communities. 

The $6 million anti-hooning project includes the trial of dedicated anti-hooning camera trailers in Logan, Moreton and Townsville Police Districts.

Tearing up neighbourhood parks and burnouts at traffic lights have become common throughout Cairns.

The camera trailers will be equipped with high quality camera technology to record and capture hooning behaviour in real time.

The trailers will also be fitted with automatic numberplate recognition technology to detect stolen vehicles.

The three trailers will initially be rolled out as part of a trial with more to be built, pending the outcome of an evaluation.

Queensland now has a comprehensive suite of laws targeting hoon drivers, including impoundment or forfeiture of motor vehicles and deeming legislation, which puts the onus on the owner of a vehicle caught hooning to prove they weren’t the driver.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said Labor had introduced the harshest ‘laws’ in the country to quash anti-social dangerous driving.

“Dangerous driving and hooning-related behaviour not only endangers the lives of those behind the wheel, but they also put innocent members of the public at risk,” Mr Ryan, a solicitor, said.

“Our message to anyone taking part in high-risk activities on our roads is that police will continue to target you, investigate your dangerous antics and take action against you.

“The majority of Queenslanders understand the importance of road safety, they observe the rules and are sick and tired of this kind of behaviour on our roads.”

Mr Ryan is delusional if he thinks cameras will stop hundreds of juvenile car thieves who flout the rules and intimidate police who in most cases retreat from often black, young drivers particularly in Cairns and Townsville.

In Cairns 80 cars were stolen for the month of April and cameras would not have made one bit of difference.

It appears these cameras which can have infared capability and high resolution imagery of all vehicle occupants, have more to do with public surveillance.