Tony O'Kane | Jul 7, 2009

A 20 YEAR-OLD Castlemaine man has become the first person to lose not one, but two cars to Victoria's tough new anti-hoon laws.

Earlier this year Peter Black posted video and photos of himself on Facebook doing burnouts on a country road, and, after a member of the public alerted police to the video evidence, he was forced to relinquish the keys to his $21,000 Ford ute.

It's the second vehicle that Black has had permanently confiscated and the latest in a long string of driving-related offences for the man. His case also raises the issue of whether confiscating the cars of 'hoon' drivers is an effective countermeasure against hard-core hooning.

So far over 8000 cars have been impounded under the anti-hoon legislation since it was introduced in 2006, including over 1500 cars this year. But, as the now-chastened Mr Black has demonstrated, it doesn't eliminate a hoon's ability to re-offend.

Police however are confident that the strategy is working.

"It really does send a clear message to would-be hoon drivers that not only do we have the support of the public, we also have the support of the magistrates when it comes to getting these menaces off the road," said Senior-Constable Grant Healy of the Castlemaine police.

"Police are removing around 50 dangerous drivers from our roads every week which can only make it safer for other drivers."

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