Queensland doesn’t like hoons. A report released last week shows that Queensland police have impounded 20,336 cars (as of 10/05/10) since the introduction of anti-hoon laws some eight years ago.
Initially the anti-hoon laws targeted drivers caught street racing, conducting a burnout or “time trials”. Three years ago the rules were changed to allow the confiscation of unregistered or uninsured vehicles as well as vehicles belonging to those driving unlicensed or while disqualified.
If you drink and drive and register three times over the limit, your car will also be confiscated. First offence will see the car impounded for 48 hours, up to three months for the second offence and permanently for the third.
“Reckless driving in our community will not be tolerated. If you don’t follow the rules we will get you off the road,” Police Minister Neil Roberts said in a statement.
“Our tough laws hit the offenders where it hurts by taking away their vehicles and protects the community by getting these irresponsible drivers off Queensland roads.“
Unfortunately little has been done by the QLD State government to provide ‘hoons’ with an affordable option to express their passion in a safe place.
In Western Australia a Lamborghini was recently impounded under the state’s anti-hoon laws when a mechanic was caught ‘excessively speeding’. In Victoria police confiscate around 10 cars per day, whilst NSW Government can use cars confiscated under anti-hoon laws for crash testing!
Make sure you read our article: Anti-Hoon Laws – Road Safety or Political Vote Winner?
There is an interesting research conducted by Armstrong, Kerry A. and Steinhardt, Dale A. from the Queensland University of Technology called “Understanding street racing and ‘hoon’ culture: An exploratory investigation of perceptions and experiences” which is worth a read.