Expose hoons to trucks to teach them a lesson: MP

Politician wants hoons exposed to trucks to give them an appreciation of the impact their behaviour has on others

By Brad Gardner | August 20, 2012

Hoons should be forced to undergo training that exposes them to trucks so they can appreciate the impact their behaviour has on other road users, a politician says.

During a parliamentary debate on the Road Safety Amendment Bill, Victorian State MP Jude Perera flagged the need to include extra conditions in safe-driving courses for hoons.

The Bill requires a driver found guilty of a hoon offence, which is travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit or more than 145km/h in a 110km/h zone, to complete a VicRoads-approved safe-driving course.

"In my view, hoon drivers should be forced to undergo some exposure to handling of powered two-wheelers and heavy trucks for them to appreciate other road users, who would be put in a difficult situation as a result of their behaviour," Perera says.

Legislation to crack down on hoons came into Victoria in 2006, and Victoria Police says 18,000 vehicles have been impounded since then.

Findings from the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre show courses that focuses on hazard perception, situation awareness and insight training have the potential to improve safety.

Perera says anti-hoon legislation must be one part of a comprehensive safety strategy.

"There should be firm funding measures for plans such as improving road infrastructure, police presence and driver education for all Victorians," he says.

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