Offenders' cars race out gates

FOURTEEN seized vehicles and one motorbike were sold at bargain prices in a police auction last Tuesday.

Ranging from as little as $140 and up to $730 the vehicles were impounded from serial driving offenders over offences including driving unregistered, uninsured vehicles and unlicensed or disqualified driving.

Goodna Sergeant Chris Booth said the auction was one of the most successful events to date and the cars had been sold at an average of $350 per car.

Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said $5165 raised at the auction would be put to good use.

She said police across the state had a zero-tolerance approach when it came to people who continued to break the law and put the lives of other motorists at risk.

“These people need to learn that if they continue to ignore the law there are tough consequences,” Ms Nolan said.

Offenders could lose their vehicle for 48 hours for the first repeat offence, up to three months for a second repeat offence or permanently for a third repeat offence.

Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Nadine Webster said police were taking a proactive approach as without a motor vehicle it made it difficult for the driver to commit further driving offences.

“Enforcing the law hits where it hurts because the more times a driver offends the longer their vehicle may be impounded and in some cases forfeited,” Sgt Webster said.

The Type Two hoon laws target repeat offenders charged with multiple offences in one of five categories including driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, driving while unlicensed or disqualified, drink driving over 0.15 per cent, failing to supply a specimen of breath or blood, or driving under 24-hour suspension, and driving an illegally modified vehicle.

The vehicles were auctioned at Blue Star Towing at Raceview.

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