Dangerous driving charges, Kinkuna

As part of the protracted operation, intelligence officers identified a man who police believe may be able to assist them with their investigations into hooning offences on the beach at Kinkuna.

Bundaberg Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at a Pialba Burrum Heads Road, Beelbi Creek property in relation to this and later charged a 23-year-old Beelbi Creek man with 11 counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, and one count each of fail to give statutory declaration and participating in group activities for racing, burn out, or hooning.

He is due to appear at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on June 27.

Since Operation Whiskey Roscoesoma began last year, police have issued more than 120 traffic infringement notices and 20 notices to appear on more than 35 charges.

Bundaberg Patrol Group Chief Inspector Grant Marcus said this sends a clear message to the community.

“Police are aware of and share the community’s concerns around hooning in the area,” Chief Inspector Marcus said.

“These charges show that police and the wider community will not tolerate dangerous driving on our roads or beaches.

“No one wants safer roads and a safer community more than your local police officers and we’re working to disrupt hooning behaviour, not only through Operation Whiskey Roscoesoma, but in our day-to-day work.

“Hooning is extremely dangerous – the driver not only endangers the life of themselves and their passengers but also all other road users and pedestrians in the area.

“Those dangers translate to the beach too as the same road rules apply.

“If you wouldn’t do a burn out on a main road, don’t do it on the beach.

“Police will continue to work to disrupt hooning behaviour and identify those involved.”

Anyone who has witnessed dangerous driving is urged to report it to police with as much information as possible, including the vehicle registration details, make, model and any unique identifying features to assist follow-up investigations.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.