Hooning Laws

The word Hoon was first used in Australia it meant a man doing immoral things in the early 20th century. It is also an abbreviation from the word Hooligan meaning someone who dosnt care about others safety or doesn’t follow law and order in society.   It is now widely used as a term for someone who drives there car/vehicle in a dangerous and illegal way.

In 2004 Western Australia introduces Anti Hoon laws, these laws are put in place to reduce the amount of street racing, burnouts, speeding or any behavior that is considered illegal or dangerous to other people on the road. Anyone caught “hooning” will have their car impounded on the first offence unless the car was stolen. Anti Hoon laws were also introduced in Victoria in July 2006, by the 17th of august 2006 130 cars had been confiscated with more then half of them on probation. 12 months after the Anti Hoon laws were introduced over 1000 cars had been confiscated.

On the 12th November 2007, it was announced that car Hooligans will be penalized under a NSW government law to impound and crush the vehicles of offenders and publish video footage of the destruction. Premier Morris Iemma said “the plan proposes to destroy hoons' cars in demonstration tests under controlled conditions”.

On the 4th December 2007, the NSW government announced car hooligans could face jail time for street racing, burnouts and other such driving offences. This dangerous act of social disruption is becoming more frequent, even in the smaller cities, where it is not an odd sight to see rows of cars lined up in a empty car park or just down a suburban road, participating drag racing, burnouts, and drifting.