TECH-SAVVY citizens are being encouraged to use their iPhones to crack-down on hoons.
Police yesterday applauded the quick-thinking of diners on the Mooloolaba Esp who helped catch a hoon who put lives at risk in a peak-hour traffic ruckus.
People eating at the northern end of the esplanade whipped out their iPhones to film a teenage driver tearing up bitumen in his Toyota Supra on Thursday afternoon.
For up to a minute he filled the esplanade with smoke and ripped up the road.
The hooning was reported to police at the Mooloolaba beat office and officers were able to track the driver from his registration captured on video and in pictures.
Police have encouraged members of the public to assist in a crack-down on hoons on the popular tourism strip, especially on Thursday nights.
The male teen caught on Thursday had his car impounded.
He was charged in relation to wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke.
Acting Sergeant Isaac Cavanagh said tracking down the driver would have been more challenging in the peak hour traffic had it not been for the videos from witnesses.
"Within five minutes we've located the offender," Sgt Cavanagh said.
"We want to say to these types of offenders - you are being watched and you will be caught and dealt with accordingly."
Sgt Cavanagh said restaurant owners had also contacted police when hoons were creating disturbances on the esplanade.
"If you see something and are able to obtain registrations and are happy to assist police, especially with photographic evidence or footage from your phone, we're happy to take complaints," Sgt Cavanagh said.
Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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