Hoons On Notice From 1 July

Hoons On Notice From 1 July

Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder

Hoons On Notice As Tough New Laws Start Tomorrow

Victor P Taffa

Hoons are now on notice as the Coalition Government’s tough new dangerous driving laws come into effect tomorrow, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.

“From tomorrow, drivers caught hooning will be subject to the harshest consequences Victoria has seen.” Mr. Mulder said.

“For a first offence they’ll lose their cars for thirty days, not 48 hours.”

“The 30 day impoundment period will provide a much stronger deterrent to hoon behaviour and it is anticipated to reduce offence rates.”

“The current 48 hour impoundment period does not provide a strong enough disincentive for hooning behaviour and many hoons have seen it as a badge of honour.”

 

Mr. Mulder said additional offences would also be added to the vehicle impoundment scheme.

“From 1 July 2011, repeat drug driving, drink driving and unlicensed driving offenders, and drivers carrying more passengers than there are seats available, will risk having their car impounded,” Mr Mulder said.

“Harsher penalties will apply to extreme high risk offences, such as travelling over the speed limit by 70 km/h. In these instances drivers will be fast-tracked and treated with consequences as if it was a second offence.”

“The new laws aim to prevent the needless loss of life that can result from this dangerous behaviour.”

Also from tomorrow the time for which prior offences are taken into account will be increased from three years to six years.

“Increasing the look-back period to six years will send a stronger message to repeat offenders that there are tough consequences for their actions.” Mr. Mulder said.

“We are aiming to minimise the rate hoons re-offend to send a clear message that the Coalition Government and the community has zero-tolerance for hoons.”

Regardless of whether a vehicle is impounded or immobilised, those convicted of hooning are subject to fines of up to $29,313, depending on the type of offence and whether they are a repeat offender.

First time offenders will have their vehicle immediately impounded by Police for 30 days.

Second time offenders will have their vehicle immediately impounded by Police for 30 days and face an additional court-imposed impoundment of at least 45 days and up to three months.

Third time offenders will have their vehicle immediately impounded by Police for 30 days and risk losing their vehicle completely.