30 Nov 2015
Drink; Drugs; Youth; Speed; Safer Roads; Safer People; Safer Speeds
It puts you and other road users into dangerous and risky situations which could potentially lead to fatal consequences.
We are often left feeling frustrated and helpless after these experiences, but there's more we can do to reduce this activity on our roads. And with road trauma taking an average of five people's lives a week, we should be doing everything we can.
Crime Stoppers Victoria has teamed up with the TAC to put in place a confidential hotline so we can report this behaviour and drivers violating the anti-hoon laws.
What is hoon driving?
- Driving at dangerous speeds (speed is one of the major causes leading to a crash, and the risk of crashing doubles with each 5km/h upwards of 60km/h)
- Illegal drag racing or speed trials (the greater the speed a car is moving, the longer it takes for a car to stop when they hit their brakes and the more likely the driver is to lose control of the vehicle)
- Overloading a vehicle with passengers, where passengers outnumber available seatbelts
- Intentional loss of traction or drifting
- Inciting, encouraging or organising any of the above.
The anti-hoon law penalties show how dangerous this type of driving is. Drivers violating these laws can have their vehicle impounded or immobilised, face fines in excess of $28,000, or even serve up to two years in jail.
Speaking up about unsafe behaviour keeps all of us a little safer on the roads. The next time you find yourself being overtaken at excessive speeds or are worried about a driver acting recklessly, do your best to let Crime Stoppers know.
What to do about hoon driving
If you see people on the road putting the safety of themselves or others at risk, or know the identity of people who repeatedly engage in risky road behaviour, you can confidentially report dangerous driving online at crimestoppersvic.com.au. You can also call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and speak to an operator.
Note: If you are reporting as it is happening it's best to call 000.