Hoon drivers caught on camera at illegal burn-out competition in Malaga
Police are turning their attention to hoon drivers after an illegal burn-out competition in Malaga nearly ended in tragedy.
Terrifying footage posted on social media showed hoons coming dangerously close to bystanders on Marshall Road on Friday night.
The emergence of the video has prompted an investigation as police hunt for the reckless drivers.
It was the second time the northern suburb of Perth had been under siege by hoons in a matter of months.
Professional driver and national burnout champion Matt James told 7News the antics had him fuming.
"If you're doing something like that and you hit someone and they get killed, well, I'm pretty sure there'll be some pretty serious charges behind that and a bit of jail time,” he said.
"They're all going to get busted for it anyway regardless we all know that, so what's the point?"
Police Minister Michelle Roberts condemned the behaviour.
"There are clearly people who are identifiable and vehicles that are identifiable there,” she said.
“It's not acceptable."
Police said that, by posting videos of irresponsible stunts to social media, drivers often seal their own fate.
If caught, offenders face losing their licence and jail time of up to seven years.
Meanwhile in the City of Wanneroo, councillors have refused to remove 50km/h signs from streets, despite Main Roads instructing all WA councils to take them down.
Cr Dot Newton said speeding and hooning on local roads distressed residents.
“The signs are a reminder that it’s 50km/h,” she said.
“I don’t believe our council should support the request to not have them or install them.”
Main Roads wants the signs removed because it believes the speed limit in built up areas is widely known.
Cr Nat Sangalli said many people did not realise the limit was 50km/h on her road in Quinns Rocks, and Cr Frank Cvitan said police had a “field day” catching people exceeding the same limit on Prindiville Drive in Wangara.
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