How crushed glass is stopping hoons

Published 12:00pm 24 May 2023

How crushed glass is stopping hoons
Words by Nick Crockford

Recycled glass is being used to stop hoons - and make roads safer – at a growing number of locations in Moreton Bay Region.

It is part of a skid-resistant surface at six hooning hotspots by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Two more will follow in the next financial year.

The anti-hoon bars are 100 per cent calcine bauxite. Crushed recycled glass is in coloured surface treatments. 

To date, it has been used at: Bult Dr and Percy Dr, Brendale; Griffin Cres and Maxwell St, Brendale; Cutler Ct, Brendale; Forgan Rd and Gordons Crossing Rd, Joyner; Forgan Rd and Ribblesdale Ct, Joyner; Old Bay Rd and Warroo Dr, Deception Bay.

The sharp bend at Stanley St in Brendale made safer by the new surface.

It is scheduled to be installed at: Basin Rd and Mount Sampson Rd, Samsonvale; Browns Rd and Moore Rd, Kurwongbah.

The treatment has also been used on a sharp bend where Stanley St joins Leitches Rd in Brendale, following a number of crashes in wet weather.

Since then, there have been no reports of vehicles losing control and the calcined bauxite surface - applied in strips - has deterred hoons.

Mayor Peter Flannery said Council is, unfortunately, receiving an increasing number of complaints about hooning.

The anti-skid bars at the intersection of Maxwell St and Griffin Cres in Brendale.

“Hooning isn’t just a neighbourhood nuisance that causes noise and disturbances,” he said.

“It is a very real and very dangerous threat to public safety both to other road users and also private properties if reckless drivers lose control.

“Not only are we putting in physical barriers to hooning like these new road surfaces, we are also working with police to apprehend offenders.

“We have rolled out our new mobile CCTV units in known ‘hot spots’ for hooning to catch offenders and get their licence plate details so they can be held accountable in court.

“This is about improving public safety to stop illegal activities like hooning before something goes seriously wrong.”

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