POLICE are targeting hoons and anti-social driver behaviour across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
On Thursday night police conducted Operation Typewriter across the region.
The operation was formed to target repeat dangerous drivers, anti-social and ‘hoon’-like behaviour which includes burnouts and street racing. Police focused on the Newcastle Foreshore precinct, Mayfield West industrial area and Kooragang Island.
During Thursday’s operation a 19-year-old man was charged with prolong, sustain loss of traction after allegedly doing a burnout. He will appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday October 18. His licence was also suspended.
Police issued traffic infringement notices, three vehicles were issued defect notices due to non-compliance with vehicle standards, and seven defect traffic infringement notices.
Newcastle City Commander, Superintendent Brett Greentree, said police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.
“Car hoons selfishly put the lives of others at risk when they drive recklessly on our streets,” he said.
“Officers will continue to stop road users who engage in irresponsible activities and drive in a dangerous manner and take the appropriate action.
“We will not stand for any hoon behaviour – enough is enough. The public deserves to be protected.”
Lake Macquarie Commander, Superintendent Daniel Sullivan, said Operation Typewriter would continue to be conducted in the region.
“Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie Police Districts continue to show strong teamwork when it comes to making sure our local roads are safe from selfish hoon drivers,” he said.
“Our message is clear – there are no safe havens for hoons in the Hunter.”
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