• Jul 9, 2009
According to The Herald Sun, since Victoria, Australia introduced anti-hoon legislation on July 1, 2006, more than ten cars a day have been confiscated from their owners. That's over 8,000 cars in three years, more than 5,000 of which the police still have. Despite those big numbers, Victorian Peter Black has the distinct honor of being the first Aussie to surrender two different cars in two years for hooning.

While our instincts generally tend to sympathy any time a car is taken away, we can't feel sorry for Black because he's guilty of criminal vanity: he broke the law and then posted the video of it online. That led to someone alerting the police as to the video's existence, and in turn, to the authorities alerting Black that he could hand over the keys to his Ford Falcon ute. How many times do we have to say it? Drive safely. If you don't, please keep it to yourself.

Black's case goes in a similar file to Aussie Joshua Shelton's – the 19-year-old had his arm amputated after a high speed crash, then had his license taken away after he was busted two months later doing donuts, and then he got busted this week twice in an hour for two different "hoon-related activities" while he was a passenger. These kids today...

[Source: Herald Sun]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      now i haven't seen his facebook, but unless he posted with a description along the lines of "here's me hooning at [insert street cornere here] last week" i don't see why he couldn't lie and say the video was filmed before the "hooning" laws were in effect. can't get charged now for something you did that wasn't illegal before, or at least you can't get the current severe punishment if it was more lenient before at the time you did it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      His cars are gone for good - they now "belong to the Queen". Or at least, that's the way the article puts it, and it IS (believe it or not) in line with the laws there in Victoria.

      As wrong as that is. I myself am not even from Victoria, but have had one of my cars - my mildly worked Falcon (known to all as "The Slut") - impounded there TWICE, and been prosecuted for Hoon related offences. First time is for 48 hours, and then 3 months on another occasion and lost my licence for 6 months both times.

      Three strikes within a few years and you're out (of pocket, and out of transport). That's not to say I'm not guilty of being caught sideways on a quiet road or doing burnouts in an empty car park every so often.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish they would pass an anti-street racing law here where your car would be impounded on the first offense. Would love to get those guys off the streets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They need to do the same with motorcycles (specifically crotch rockets). I am sick and tired of these guys racing up and down streets. The sad part is, the cops KNOW where these morons race. Oh and they need to start cracking down on motorcycle sound levels. I am starting to see more and more crotch rockets with little to no exhaust. I can take a Harley but the high pitched squeal of a Kawasaki is too much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought they had these laws here i nthe US also . i know here on long islanbd they could take your car if caught street racing. Here a lot of teens and 20 something eyar olds are killed street racing (which is stupid doing it on a heavily populated island).
      • 5 Years Ago
      "How many times do we have to say it? Drive safely. If you don't, please keep it to yourself."

      I had a coach in high school tell us "If you're going to be dumb enough to do something wrong, be smart enough to not get caught"

      ...my dmv record is clean.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree. Besides there are more than enough places you can do this on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Why on earth would you want to do it on public roads where someone could hit you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "In this course (and indeed in life), cheating is allowed. Getting caught, however, is not permitted, and will result in dire consequences."

        True. We must choose to fly straight or be prepared to crash and burn when we don't.

        As for the idiot in the video, he just makes the cop's job that much easier.

      • 5 Years Ago
      As my grandfather used to say:

      Never justify yourself, never apologize, never get caught.

      From other posts, I guess it was a pretty common perspective these days.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll never understand the reasoning behind taking someone's property as a punishment for crime (unless it was illegal to own in the first place, i.e. drugs, weapons etc.).
      Sorry, it's just wrong. I don't see how it accomplishes anything that suspending your license and fining the hell out of you won't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My brothers friend was driving his wrx and got caught speeding and the car was impounded for 48hours. Remember they don't just impound your car for doughnuts.

        They can impound it for excessive speeding aswell as loss of traction of 1 or more wheels and few other things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Impounding a car for some time to prevent you from using it isn't morally wrong in my book, though I'm against it for cost, efficiency and security reasons.

        I was talking about confiscation, as in you ceasing to be the legal owner of your car and it becoming government property.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They confiscate it on the THIRD offense. If you can't learn not to do something by the third time you get caught doing it, you probably won't ever learn without some rather serious repercussions. If you can't keep from doing doughnuts, street racing, or otherwise driving in a manner that is prohibited in your car maybe you don't deserved to have one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, at least he was driving a proper Ford and one that was worth driving and actually spending money on...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Test test.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't hoons be upstanding respectable pillars of society like Madoff and Lay? Oh if they only knew where the real fun is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The wussification of Australia is complete. Australia has turned into quite the police state, admitting in court the use of facebook and other public videos as evidence against hoonery... how could they ascertain location, time and veracity?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two things really:
      1) If you're stupid enough to post you deserve to lose your car.
      2) I had no goddamn clue what hooning was so I agree use of slang should be explained.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I did the same thing last week in my E36. Whoops, shouldn't have typed that. Be right back, need to go close my garage door...
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