Hoons using the streets of Echuca as drag racing tracks
The roads of ECCHUCA become drag racing tracks, as the hoons tear through Ogilvie Avenue and High St and its side streets after dark.
Residents were kept awake for hours on Thursday evening with the noise of screeching tires and noisy engines that could be heard east and south of Echuca.
And many fear it will be only a matter of time before someone is killed.
“The hoons should not rule the streets, the police should,” said a concerned resident.
“ There will be a major accident soon and someone will die. ”
The man, who does not wish to be named for fear of reprisal, said he moved to a house on Ogilvie Avenue six years ago to retire.
“In the last couple of years, the hooning has really increased,” he said.
“I’m even considering moving out of town or even going back to Queensland because of it. I do not want. It would be a last resort. ”
To deal with the noise, the man just spent $ 1,500 on shutters for the front windows and $ 150 on custom earplugs.
“It wasn’t until midnight before I could fall asleep,” he said.
“They’re just out of control right now. I don’t know why the police can’t do a blitz or two with an unmarked car and enforce anti-hooning legislation. ”
Hooning has been a regular event in the area for some time, with a group of residents joining forces with Murray Plains MP Peter Walsh in June last year to start a parliamentary petition to demand more police cars on the roads at night.
Sandra Pearce, an Allambee Way resident, said although the petition garnered hundreds of signatures, nothing had changed.
“They’re out of control,” she said.
Cars are rolling down the streets like rockets. And it’s the same time every night.
“I’ve rang 000 too many times to count and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even bother now.
Because it doesn’t make any difference. ”
Sandra said Thursday night was particularly bad.
“We sleep with our bathroom window open to take advantage of the good breeze and we couldn’t fall asleep because of the noise,” she said.
“ They demolish Ogilvie and High St and cross Simmie, Premier and Haverfield streets. ”
Murray Plains MP Peter Walsh said he was doing everything he could to try to stop the hoon problem.
He said this included presenting a petition to parliament to raise awareness of the scale of the problem through Echuca.
“Especially along these idiots’ favorite race track, Ogilvie Ave, and the big roundabout at Warren St or around High St South and Simmie St,” Mr. Walsh said.
“When I raised the issue in Parliament with the petition and we had some coverage in the Riverine herald the highway patrol made an effort and caught a driver or two.
“But it boils down to the numbers, and there just aren’t enough police officers in Echuca to keep up with day-to-day affairs, let alone deal with these after-dark freaks almost every night.
“In the short term, police must make a concentrated effort to catch multiple drivers and impound their cars, but the real solution is a long term challenge that can only be met with more full-time police officers.
“This hoon issue is something the police don’t need, definitely something the community wants to stop and if we don’t, then I’m afraid the next thing we hear is a serious, if not fatal, accident. , at the speed at which these drivers. demolish the suburban streets.
Campaspe Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Corey Holland said police did not attend the hooning incidents on Thursday evening because members were needed for an operation over the weekend.
“Operation Cruise was scheduled for February to target this driving behavior,” he said.
“ The operation involves units of the road patrol from Echuca and Bendigo as well as the uniform from Echuca. ”
At the time of publication, no statistics for the operation were available.
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