Thursday, July 03, 2008

Property seized by the state

I'm sorry sir, you were driving inappropriately, I will have to seize tens of thousands of dollars of your property for the public good.

POLICE have seized almost 5000 vehicles, nearly half of them Holdens, since tough anti-hoon legislation came into force two years ago.

Nearly half the motorists whose vehicles have been impounded are P-plate drivers, and a staggering 98% are male.

Under the legislation, drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 45 km/h, engage in dangerous driving practices or try to drag race other drivers can have their cars confiscated on the spot. Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) Ken Lay said the legislation had helped make the roads much safer for law-abiding drivers.