This Anti-Hoon Road Coating Literally Shreds Tyres Of Speeding Cars
Hoons who speed or perform burnouts could have their tyres ruined by a new surface to be applied to roads.
Brisbane City Council will trial the road surface in two areas in the area of Chuwar, where hooning is a regular occurrence.
"It's a thin spray that goes on the surface and it has various materials in it, a combination of rubber and other materials," councillor Peter Matic, chairman for Lifestyle and Community Services at Brisbane City Council, told media on Wednesday.
"If you are hooning, if you are braking heavily and sliding your vehicle, then it will actually impact on your tyres, it will actually shred the tyres."
The spray costs $15 per square metre to apply, and could cost up to $50,000 to cover a large area. Specific costs to local taxpayers cannot be determined until the area for the trial has been chosen.
The council said the drastic new measures to prevent hooning reflects how difficult the behaviour is to control.
"We do get a lot of complaints from residents about hooning and as a council we need to address those," Matic said.
There have been concerns, however, that drivers who have to brake suddenly will have their tyres shredded, without having broken the law.
"That is part of the study we are undertaking in areas. Whether someone accidentally has to apply the brake quickly and what does that mean," Matic said.
"This surface has been trialled in other councils interstate. As long as you are driving at the speed limit appropriately, it has literally no impact on your tyres whatsoever."
Queensland Police have been working with the Council to curb dangerous driving behaviour, which lead to the Council proposing the trial.
According to police, hooning activities include illegal street racing, travelling at high speeds, burnout offences, playing loud music from car stereos and drink driving.
Penalties for hooning in Queensland vary, depending on the severity of the offence. Driving in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke carries a maximum $2611 fine. A more serious offence, like street racing, has a $5222 fine and a possible six month jail term.
The anti-hooning road trial has wide political support, with opposition infrastructure spokesman Steve Griffiths telling the Courier Mail he welcomed the proposal.
“I am interested in knowing more about the proposal, particularly safety issues and the impact on regular vehicle users,” he said.
Until the trial is completed, it's unclear if the surface spray will be rolled out in other parts of Brisbane.
"Let's see what the results are from the trial and see how it can be rolled out further," Fiona Hammond, councillor for Marchant Ward, said on Wednesday.
Once the two trial sites have been confirmed, the Council will decide on an official trial start date.
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