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Moment man's car rammed by teens in 'stolen vehicle'



Dash cam footage has captured the frightening moment a Queensland driver was rammed by a group of suspected young criminals overnight.

The vision – showing a group of teens slamming into the front of a Cairns man's car – comes as calls mount for stronger action over youth crime in the state.

In the grainy footage, a notably shaken man can be heard attempting to call police when a large thud is heard as the teens crash into vehicle.

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"Hang on, I'm going to get rammed by a car," the man tells police.

"I've got stolen kids (sic) in a car," he goes on, before a crashing sound stops him mid-speech as the two cars impact.

The driver, though frustrated, managed to escape unharmed.

Police are searching for those responsible, and the car they were in, which is believed to have been stolen.

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Meanwhile in Mt Isa, another video emerged overnight young people in a car doing "burn outs" in a vacant lot.

The incidents were each captured just days before the state government's new youth crime laws come into effect.

The laws make breach of bail an offence for children, increase maximum jail sentences and force courts to consider bail history during sentencing.

For years before the change, the Labor Party repeatedly criticised pushes to criminalise breach of bail for children for years, arguing it wasn't effective.

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Critics argue the legislation fails to recognise the causes of crime and locking up offenders only works temporarily until the young criminals are released.

"There's no silver bullet or magic wand, this won't change things overnight," Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said on the changes.

"It will give the courts and police the tools they need to deal with serious repeat offenders."

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