THREE teenagers celebrating their final week of school learnt a new life lesson the hard way.
Police have confiscated and impounded three P-platers' cars for 90 days after complaints about hooning at a Kings Beach car park.
The owners, all 17, had no previous history, but their afternoon burnout has cost them under laws introduced in November last year.
A burnout is classed as a Type 1 hooning offence and vehicles can be impounded on first offence.
Nearby residents told police they saw up to six cars in the Edmund St car park on Thursday performing burn
outs and churning up the gravel.
It was reported one driver continuously performed a burnout in reverse.
One witness said the dust was so thick they couldn't drive on the road. Gravel was also reportedly sprayed through the air and on to parked cars.
Residents took down number plate details and after a 24-hour investigation, Senior Constable Kelly O'Brien caught up with the boys.
It is understood one of the students has been banned from his high school formal over the incident.
Caloundra police station Officer in Charge Gavin Ricketts said the charges were a timely reminder to young drivers to enter their adult life in a sensible manner.
Two of the teenagers have been issued a traffic infringement notice for "wilfully drive a motor vehicle in a way that creates undue noise or smoke (with burnout)" and fined $352. They have also lost two demerit points.
The third alleged hoon has been issued a Notice to Appear in court. He is charged with driving without due care and consideration (with burnout).
"Our reports show the boys went for a swim, then hopped in their cars and did burnouts in the car park," Senior Sergeant Ricketts said.
"Gravel was sprayed over parked cars, not to mention the smell of burning rubber and the noise.
"We believe there were up to six vehicles there that day and we are continuing to investigate possible charges."
Should hoons in carparks be charged?
This poll ended on 28 November 2014.
Yes, hooning and burnouts are dangerous, not matter if it's road or carpark
No, it's not fair, they aren't on the road
I don't think burnouts are dangerous
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Snr Sgt Ricketts said car parks were considered as roads and drivers were liable to the same hooning rules.
"This is a real warning to other students leaving school this year," he said.
"It is an exciting time in their lives but they need to take a deep breath and not do anything to risk their future careers or their lives."
Extra police have been assigned this week to patrol school zones as Year 12 students leave for the last time.
The teenagers' cars - a BMW 318L, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Corolla - will be held in an impoundment yard until mid-February.
In the past 12 months, close to 650 cars have been impounded on the Coast.
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