Police Report February 2016

cooroy police reportOn the 25th of January, 2016 Cooroy Police attempted to intercept a dark Green Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Factory St, Pomona. The vehicle failed to stop as required and sped off at high speed to avoid the police. Due to the danger such driving represented to the public, police and also the offending occupants of the car police did not pursue the car.

An investigation into the identification of the driver of the car has led to a 23 year old Cootharaba man being charged with Evading Police and Disqualified Driving and his car has been impounded for a period of 90 days. The driver now faces a court appearance in the Noosa Heads Magistrates Court charged with serious driving offences with mandatory fines of $2000 applicable and 2 years license disqualification.

Thank you to the members of the Pomona community who assisted Cooroy police with solving this serious offence and it is pleasing to note that the support we get from the community is assisting the Police Service in keeping the community safe.

With the increase of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) devices being deployed to monitor the safe passage of motor vehicles on public roads it has become increasingly important to make sure you keep your car registration and driver’s license up to date including your address and contact details through the Department of Transport and Main Roads. (TMR)

With today’s increasingly busy life style it is very easy to overlook the due dates for car rego’s and drivers licenses so people need to be very aware of the severe consequences for failing to keep these very important documents up to date.

By keeping your address up to date through the TMR it ensures you receive your reminder renewal notices in the mail.

If you move and the notice gets sent to an old address that is no excuse when found driving unregistered or unlicensed.

The best case scenario is that you only receive fines of between $100 and $800 from the police as the worst case scenario is that you have an accident and due to an oversight on your behalf your insurance refuses to pay which can cost $50,000 or more in repair costs.

Repeat offenders for this type of offence also face having their car impounded or immobilised for between 7 and 90 days and having the car forfeited to the crown and sold at auction.

To make doubly sure you don’t overlook your due dates set reminders on your smart devices so you just can’t forget as we are detecting more and more normally law abiding citizens driving whilst not registered and licensed. The law is very clear on placing the onus on the driver of any vehicle and for that matter the owner of any vehicle to ensure the vehicle they are driving or the person driving there vehicle is properly able to do so.

To help out the community I can provided the following information on how best to check up on car registrations and Driver’s license statuses.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads provide a number of methods to check your driver’s licence and vehicle registration including:

  • Attending any Department of Transport and Main Roads office in person.
  • Calling the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.
  • Physically viewing the expiry date on your driver’s licence or vehicle registration paperwork.

New methods have also recently been made available by the TMR which include:

  • Viewing the Department of Transport and Main Roads website to check the status of your driver’s licence or vehicle registration.

For vehicle registration inquiries use this link: www.qld.gov.au/checkrego

For driver licence inquiries use this link: www.qld.gov.au/checkdriverlicence

  • Downloading the QLD Rego Check App from iTunes App Store or Google Play Store for your mobile device.

For iTunes App Store use this link:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/qld-rego-check/id919723338?mt=8

For Google Play Store use this link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmr.checkrego&hl=en

Personal details of the vehicle owner are not displayed during this search.

The owner of any vehicle can check the driver licence status of any person using their vehicle using the above mentioned online driver licence check.

This is particularly useful for companies who provide authorisation to employees to use company vehicles.

Again personal details of the licence holder are not displayed and only basic details including the status of the licence are shown.

Kind Regards

 

Sgt. Mal Scott