Hoon driving causes a vehicle to travel at very high speed or in a manner that produces burnouts and doughnuts. Dangerous driving, careless driving, failure to have proper control of the vehicle and causing the vehicle to make excessive noise or smoke are also considered hoon-related offences if they are committed in circumstances involving the improper use of a motor vehicle.
This dangerous driving behaviour places the safety of drivers and other road users at risk.
A car is impounded when secured at a premises under the authority of the Commissioner of Police and the Sheriff. While legislation enables vehicles to be impounded, it also provides police with the power to immobilise vehicles. This means a vehicle is mechanically adjusted so that it cannot be driven (i.e. wheel clamping). Forfeited vehicles may be taken from hoon drivers and sold by the state of South Australia, which may keep the proceeds.
You may report hoon driving behaviour to the Police by telephoning Traffic Watch on 131 444 or in person at a Police Station.
These reports are a valuable tool in enabling police to gather intelligence and target repeat hoon drivers. It also allows police to undertake better long-term planning to prevent hoon driving in particular areas.
Hoon drivers must be held accountable for their actions and police attendance at these incidents is critical to achieving this.
New laws effective 1 November 2010 are outlined in the Attorney-General's media release, links to the acts are below.
Tougher provisions have been introduced under the Attorney-General’s hoon legislation, the Criminal Law (Clamping, Impounding and Forfeiture of Vehicles) Act 2007.
Penalties for hoon drivers, among other unsafe drivers, allow the police to:
The Courts also have discretion to impose harsher penalties upon repeat offenders, including permanent vehicle seizure. The period in which previous hoon-driving offences (otherwise known as ‘prescribed offences’) may be counted by the courts, to determine the penalties for repeat offences, has been extended from five to 10 years.
The ‘prescribed offences’ for which vehicles may be impounded, clamped or forfeited include:
|Summary Offences Act 1953||
|Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935||
|Graffiti Control Act 2001||
Marking graffiti (section 9)
|Road Traffic Act 1961||
|Motor Vehicles Act 1959||
A second or subsequent offence of
Hoon drivers may be fined up to $1,250 or may face a licence disqualification or even imprisonment for some offences. Wheel clamping, impounding or forfeiture of a vehicle is in addition to any other penalty that may apply to a prescribed offence.
The Government takes speeding on our roads very seriously and is committed to ensuring that the penalties for hoon drivers are appropriate and most importantly, have a deterrent effect. Drivers who are caught speeding at 45 km/h or more above the speed limit, face an immediate loss of licence for a period of six months, in addition to hefty fines.
Penalties up to $2500 or imprisonment for 6 months apply to a person who interferes with a wheel clamp affixed to a motor vehicle or hinders or obstructs a relevant authority from exercising powers under this Act.
The South Australian Government is committed to the introduction of a heavy vehicle inspection scheme to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness of heavy vehicles on South Australian roads.
As part of Operation Moving Traffic, extended clearways will be installed on Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton Road and Main North Road to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
Major construction works for the upgrade of Main South Road, between Old Coach Road and Malpas Road, are now complete.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will be improving safety at the junction of Swanport Road, Bridge Street and Mannum Road, Murray Bridge by widening the intersection for vehicles turning in and out of Bridge Street.