Under a new set of laws outlined today by the NSW Government, car hoons could face potential jail time for aggravated street racing, burnouts and other dangerous driving offences.
The news comes following the decision to begin destroying cars in crash tests as a drastic measure to cull would-be hoons.
Fines associated with these offences have also trebled to $3300, with police now given the power to strip a driver of their licence for up to 12 months.
Repeat offenders may also face jail time of up to 9 months, where as previously this only applied following a second more serious offence such as colliding with another car or injuring a person.
Car owners and parents are also in the firing line if their car is used by the convicted driver, with measures extending to a wheel clamping program, where cars are immobilised and dumped in owner’s yard at home.
Perhaps if the NSW Government would actually consult these “hoons” to better understand the needs for a cheap, easily accessible race track these sorts of laws would not be necessary.
As it stands now, Australia is quickly following Canadian and U.S. authorities by passing tough anti-hoon laws to crush cars and jail drivers. From preliminary reports from our allies in the US, similar laws have done nothing to curb the hoon-epidemic.
Stay tuned for more knee-jerk reactions from other state governments in the next 6-12 months.