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Mike Stevens | Feb, 23 2010 | 1 Comment

VICTORIA POLICE confirmed this week that 10,000 vehicles have been impounded since the State introduced 'anti-hoon' laws almost four years ago - making for an average of nearly eight confiscated vehicles each day.

The 10,000th hoon was nabbed on January 25, driving his BMW through the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster at 115km/h - in a 50km/h zone.

Under Victoria's anti-hoon laws, drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h or engaging in dangerous driving behaviour will have their vehicle impounded for 48 hours.

Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay said the large number of impoundments could be attributed to a number of key factors.

“The hoon legislation allows police to punish these menacing drivers and hit them where it hurts,” Mr Lay said.

“For these drivers, their cars mean everything and impounding them certainly has an effect. Last year we had our lowest road toll on record.”

Mr Lay added that the State's police are now focusing even greater attention on hoons.

“The fact that we have impounded 10,000 of these hoons shows that some people have just not got the message. Speed and dangerous driver behaviour kills, and it is time for everyone, not just some, to wake up and realise that,” he said.

Male drivers represent about 96 percent of drivers caught hooning, the average age hovering around 24.

Bendigo, in Central Victoria, has contributed 442 vehicles to the State's list of impounded vehicles, while neighbouring Shepparton is not far behind with 114.

St Albans tops metropolitan Melbourne's list with 125 impoundments since July 2006. Werribee is a close second with 117, followed by Hoppers Crossing with 115.

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