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by Brett Davis

A Victorian police officer has had his car impounded for 30 days under the new anti-hoon laws after being fined for not having proper control of the vehicle, which was also found to be unregistered.

The 42-year-old detective senior constable wasn’t on duty at the time of the incident, which occurred on Main Street, Mornington at 11pm on Saturday night, but police impounded the officer’s car on the spot for 30 days under the new laws which kicked off on July 1.

These new anti-hoons laws have only been in place for a few weeks yet irresponsible drivers continue to demonstrate a total disregard for their own safety, as well as the safety of other road users.

In May earlier this year, Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder announced the new laws would give police the power to impound cars of first-offenders on the spot for 30 days, up from the previous 48 hours. Mr Mulder said upon the announcement of the new laws that,

“It’s going to hurt their pockets, it’s going to have them on the footpath walking rather than driving, but we’re determined to get on top of this.”

It’s unknown what the officer was doing with the car exactly at the time of the incident. A police spokeswomen has said failing to have proper control of the vehicle normally involves “spinning of wheels” to some degree. She said the officer would receive a court attendance notice for the fines.

The officer is also under investigation by the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department.

What do you think though, should officers be punished more harshly for setting the wrong example? Or should they be subjected to the same punishments as the rest of us? Tell us your thoughts below.




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