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Second hoon car crushed in Victoria

AAP, July 28, 2010

In that time, more than 11,000 hoon drivers have had their cars impounded for a period of time.

The crushed Holden Commodore belonged to a 22-year-old man from Hamilton in the state's west who lost the car after recording three hoon driving offences.

Because the car did not meet the strict resale safety standards and was owned outright by the driver, it was crushed, but not before State Emergency Service volunteers used it to practice their road rescue skills.

Holden appears to be the hoon car of choice, making up 46 per cent of cars impounded, well ahead of Ford (16.7 per cent) and Nissan (7.8 per cent).

"Serial hoon drivers pose a serious threat to law-abiding road users," Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said.

The worst hoon suburb is St Albans, in Melbourne's northwest, followed by neighbouring southwest suburbs Werribee and Hoppers Crossing.

Deputy Commissioner for Road Policing Ken Lay said that cars which have an acceptable safety rating will be sold rather than crushed.

"If we permanently seize a vehicle that is not of a high safety standard, in that it doesn't have features such as ABS brakes and airbags, I cannot, in good conscience, send that vehicle back into the community," Mr Lay said.

"This is about getting unsafe vehicles off the road and working to a higher standard of road safety across the state, while also sending a strong message to people who choose to hoon on our roads."

Under proposed changes to the hoon legislation the length of time that a car is impounded will go from 48 hours to seven days and also include a wider range of offences, such as repeat offences of unlicensed driving, and alcohol-affected and drug drivers.

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http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=69920&vf=26

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46% Of Australia's Impounded Hoon Cars Are Holdens

The Australian government's about to crush their second car under anti-hoon laws. Of course it's a Holden Commodore. According to authorities, 46% off impounded "hoon cars" are Holdens. Don't crush'em, send'em to us! That'll teach 'em! (H/T to LJSearless!) [Drive.com]

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http://jalopnik.com/5598526/46-of-australias-impounded-hoon-cars-are-holdens

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Aussie Cops Crush Hoon's Holden, Paul Hogan Sheds Single Tear

Remember that Holden Commodore confiscated under Australia's anti-hoon laws? Watch the Victoria police put it in the crusher, turn it into a metal pancake, and record the destruction for posterity. If you can.

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http://jalopnik.com/5600615/aussie-cops-crush-hoons-holden

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Hoon is a derogatory term used in Australia and New Zealand, to refer to a young person who engages in loutish, anti-social behaviour. In particular, it is used to refer to one who drives a car in a manner which is anti-social by the standards of contemporary society, that is, fast, noisily and/or dangerously. In New Zealand, the term "boy racer" is also widely used. Another slang term, revhead — derived from "rev", an alternate term for RPM — is sometimes used in place of hoon. However, "revhead" can refer to any car enthusiast, while hoon is always pejorative. "Anti-hoon laws", while they generally concern road vehicles, sometimes also target anti-social behaviour in motor boats.

Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tires.[1] Those commonly identified as being involved in "hooning" or street racing are young, predominantly male although increasingly female drivers in the age range of 17 and 35 years.

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