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by Matt Brogan

Though perhaps an easier target, younger drivers are not the worst culprits when it comes to hooning on Victorian roads with so called “mid-life crisis hoons” among the largest represented number of vehicular impounds in Victoria last year.

An increased number of senior drivers were also among more than 3190 drivers whose cars were impounded last year under the state’s anti-hoon legislation representing an alarming 7 per cent of the overall figure.

Assistant Commissioner Ken Lay said yesterday the figure had baffled police.

“It’s a little bit confusing to understand, to be honest,” Mr Lay said. “These are mature, sensible people, one would think, that are putting themselves at risk and other road users at risk.”

Of the cars impounded more than 40 per cent were drivers considered of middle age including a 52 year-old in a BMW Z4 (143km/h in an 80km/h zone), a 64 year-old in a Porsche 911 (110km/h in a 60km/h zone), a 60 year-old in a Porsche (caught doing burnouts) and a 64 year-old driver in a Subaru WRX (113km/h in a 60km/h zone).

Police Minister Bob Cameron said older drivers could not rely on youthful enthusiasm or a lack of knowledge as an excuse.

“These older hoons are dills, they’re drongos and dingbats,” he said. “Victorian roads aren’t race tracks. Just because you own a souped-up car doesn’t mean you can drive like Schumacher on suburban streets.”

A significant increase in the total number of vehicles impounded last year was proof police were getting hoons off the road, Mr Cameron said.

There were 3190 vehicles impounded last year, compared with 2604 in 2007. Regional centres are overly represented statistically.

Since the anti-hoon laws were introduced in July 2006, 6631 drivers’ vehicles have been impounded.




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