Big sedan leads tally of crushed cars

The Holden Commodore is the most popular option for 'hoon' drivers, according to figures released by Victoria Police today.

The report shows that of 2204 vehicles impounded and crushed between July 2015 and December 2016, over 25 per cent of them were Holden Commodores, with an astounding 641 crushed during the period.

And, of the vehicles crushed, just under half were confiscated as a result of continuously driving while disqualified or suspended.

The next favourite vehicles for hoons were the Ford Falcon, the Mitsubishi Magna and Hyundai Excel, with hooning tradesmen selecting the Rodeo as their weapon of choice.

Outside of unlicensed driving, the most common cause of vehicles being sent to the crusher were for offences such as evading police, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 45km/h and most surprising of all, exceeding the speed limit by more than 70km/h.

With the road toll in 2016 over 15 per cent up on the year before, it's unclear whether record numbers of fixed speed cameras and speed camera revenue in Victoria are solving the problem.

Vehicle makeVehicle modelNumber
HOLDENCOMMODORE641
FORDFALCON242
MITSUBISHIMAGNA76
HYUNDAIEXCEL69
NISSANPULSAR56
MITSUBISHILANCER55
HOLDENASTRA53
HOLDENSTATESMAN37
TOYOTACOROLLA37
FORDLASER34
TOYOTACAMRY31
FORDFESTIVA30
FORDFAIRMONT30
HONDACIVIC27
HOLDENRODEO23
HONDAACCORD22
HYUNDAIACCENT19
HOLDENBARINA19
FORDFUTURA17
HONDAINTEGRA17

 

OffenceNumber of vehicles
Tier 1 Drive whilst Disqualified / Suspended1045
Tier 1 Unlicensed Driving / Breach Licence Cond.465
Tier 2 .1 Blood alcohol concentration156
Tier 2 Evade Police / Pursuit147
Tier 2 Improper use of Motor Vehicle115
Tier 2 Excessive Speed >45klm76
Court Order Forfeiture55
Fail To Surrender34
Court Order Past Offence29
Tier 2 Speed/Manner Dangerous14
Tier 2 Careless Driving14
Tier 1 Dang / Neg Driving while Pursued9
Tier 1 Excessive Speed >70klm9
Tier 2 Fail to have proper control8
Tier 2 Overloading a Vehicle - Passengers8
Tier 1 Repeat Drug Driving from 1/7/20116
Tier 1 Speed Dangerous > 70klm6
Tier 1 Dang/Neg Driving whilst being pursued by police(Crimes Act S319 AA)4
Tier 1 Repeat Drink Driving from 1/7/20112
Tier 2 Recklessly Entering a Level Crossing1
Tier 2 Undue noise/smoke1

What do you think would reduce the road tell and solve the issue of dangerous driving in Australia? Are more speed cameras the answer?