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Hoon Laws in Australia

In recent years, police across Australia have been given increased powers with respect to the investigation of those driving offences which are colloquially known as hooning, and have implemented various hoon laws. Hooning is anti-social and dangerous driving behaviour, ranging from doing burnouts and doughnuts to more serious offences such as evading police by speeding in excess of 45 kilometres per hour above the speed limit.

In order to eliminate hoon behaviour quickly and improve safety to other road users, all States and Territories have amended traffic legislation to include offences related to hoon behaviour and to allow for the impounding or confiscation of vehicles which are suspected to be involved in the commission of a hooning offence. 

The periods of impoundment, and the penalties for the offences, differ from State to State and depending on whether the offender has been previously convicted of a hooning offence.

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Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.

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