SAFETY CONCERNS: Power St resident Garry Kelk fears a major accident because of hooning.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Power St resident Garry Kelk fears a major accident because of hooning. Patrick Woods

Power St residents 'tyre' of hoons using road as drag strip

NEWLY resurfaced Power St could be mistaken for a drag strip according to residents Garry Kelk and Frank O'Brien.

The pair has a daily front row seat to hoons laying down rubber on the recently upgraded road.

Mr Kelk, a 68-year-old retiree who has lived on the road for nine years, said hooning was a serious problem.

He even gave a prediction. "I give it six or so months," he said.

"There will be a serious accident on this road at the rate things are going."

Mr Kelk's early morning peace was disrupted on Tuesday morning when a car veered off the road and performed a loud burn-out on the cement parking area of what was formally the premises of Gympie business T-Mac Auto.

A final flourish to the illegal act was the driver racing away along the road.

"I've seen two cars drag race along here once," Mr Kelk said.

Meanwhile, Mr O'Brien and his wife Jenny live a little further along the road where they sell pot plants to the public.

A sign out the front advertising the plants has been fitted out with a speed sign warning motorists to do the speed limit.

"My understanding is that it is an unmarked road and 50km/h," Mr O'Brien said.

"Some cars fly along here doing 100 clicks. "You hear the screeching of tyres and drivers yelling abuse at each other because someone has been cut off."

Mr O'Brien also predicted a big accident was on the horizon.

"There will be a mega fatality along here," he said.

"I remember accidents where cars have mounted the gutter and ended up in people's gardens."

The resident said the biggest time for hooning down Power St was in the afternoon between 3pm and 4.30pm. In the morning, between 8am and 9.30am is the peak offending period.

"I put up the sign to send a message," Mr O'Brien said out the front of his property on Tuesday.

"I can go to cross the street, look both ways and not before I am able reach the other side, a car will come flying from nowhere.

"There's a home child daycare business up the road and I know there are concerns for the children."

The two Power St residents agreed tougher penalties were needed.

They both suggested a higher unmarked police presence along the road would nab many of the hoons.

Mr O'Brien suggested after a first offence, hoons' cars should be impounded, crushed or even sold off with proceeds going to a local charity.  

 


Your vote reveals most at-risk streets for hooning
 

ONLINE readers voted on the worst hooning streets in the region and the results were used to produce a map (shown above). 

The green pins represent locations in the inner-city area while the red pins are regional locations.

In the city, Power Rd and Pine St topped the poll attracting 20% of the vote.  

Rifle Range Rd came in next with 12% followed by McIntosh Creek Rd on 8%.  

On regional roads, Old Maryborough and Noosa roads appear hot on people's radar (21%) followed by Tamaree Rd (14%).

From there, respondants were divided between Tamaree, Ranwick, East Deep Creek, Shadbolt, North Deep Creek and Mary Valley roads (7%).

The following streets were identified online for having troubles with hooning before being narrowed down by a public poll:
 

INNER CITY STREETS Tucker Street; Coogan Street; Station Road; Nash Road; Benson Road; Smith Street; Graham Street; Barton Road; Bent Street; Mt Pleasant Road; Ramsey Road; McIntosh Creek; Rifle Range Road; Wises Road; Parsons Road; Cooinda Street; Power Road; Lawrence Street; Leonard Street; Lily Street; Pine Street; Watson Road; Eugence Street; Musgrave Street; Corella Road; Chapple Street; Everson Road 

REGIONAL STREETS Old Maryborough Road; Randwick Road; East Deep Creek Road; Diggins Road; Noosa Road; Shadbolt Road; Dawn Road; North Deep Creek Road; Sandy Creek Road; Jimbour Road; Tamaree Road; Brooloo Road; Meddleton Road; Dobson Road; Mary Valley Road; Browns Road; Eel Creek Road; Sale Yard Road

 

 

Hoons Around Your Town.: HOONS: Garry Kelk is concerned over the hoons who drive down Power Steet, Gympie.
Hoons Around Your Town.: HOONS: Garry Kelk is concerned over the hoons who drive down Power Steet, Gympie.

 

HOONS: Garry Kelk is concerned over the hoons who drive down Power Steet, Gympie. April 19, 2016.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times
SLOW DOWN: A Power St resident has taken to displaying his own speed sign in a bid to encourage motorists to do the right thing. Patrick Woods