HOONS BLITZ – Authorities launch burnout crackdown

CLOSING RANKS: Shoalhaven City Council’s economic development manager Greg Pullen and Nowra Highway Patrol sergeant Mick Tebbutt have warned hoons to stay away from the Aviation Technology Park near HMAS Albatross or face fierce consequences.NOWRA Police, Shoalhaven City Council and businesses at the Aviation Technology Park near HMAS Albatross have joined forces to get hoons out of the area.An increase in motorists performing burnouts and the associated behaviour that goes with the illegal activity has prompted an increase in security patrols and the installation of the latest surveillance systems around the technology park.The park hosts assets and businesses, including some with contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and provides jobs for between 300 and 400 staff working around-the-clock shifts.Last week police and council met with business representatives from the park to discuss measures to crack down on illegal activity.Speed zones in the area have since been reduced to 50 km/h, police patrols have been stepped up, private security is on board and state-of-the art surveillance equipment is to be installed in the area.Nowra Highway Patrol sergeant Mick Tebbutt said most of the offenders were using scanners to warn them of approaching police.He has reminded the public, and in particular any employees from the Aviation Technology Park, to report numberplates and details of cars involved through council’s Dob in a Hoon hotline.Sergeant Tebbutt said he didn’t think those performing burnouts realised how seriously the offence was treated.“People caught doing burnouts would be fined on the spot, they could be charged with malicious damage and those charged with aggravated burnout will face court and risk having their car confiscated.“This activity is on the increase in this area and it’s occurring on weeknights, not just Friday and Saturday nights,” sergeant Tebbutt said.Shoalhaven City Council’s economic development manager Greg Pullen said the technology park’s companies had staff working through the night and there were concerns for their safety.“Another aspect of this is that a lot of international business people come out here and one of the first things they see as they near the technology park is burnout marks all over the road.“As well as security measures we are looking at physical measures like improved lighting and median strips on the road,” Mr Pullen said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.