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Extreme Hoons To Face Jail Time In South Australia

The South Australian government has introduced new laws to parliament to impose jail terms on hoons who drive at extreme speeds

ADELAIDE, Australia — Hoons who drive at extreme speeds will face up to three years in jail under new laws introduced in the South Australian parliament.

They will also be hit with a mandatory two-year license ban for a first offense and a five-year ban for any subsequent offense.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman says the new penalties recognize the risk dangerous drivers pose to the community and provide penalties that reflect the serious nature of the offending.

“Hoons are a blight on our community who place little or no value on their lives or the lives of others,” Chapman said.

Vickie Ann Chapman is an Australian politician, representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bragg for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2002 election.

Chapman has served as the Deputy Premier of South Australia and Attorney-General since 19 March 2018 in the Marshall government. She is the first woman to hold either post.

Under the changes, extreme speed is defined as driving 55km/h or more above a posted speed limit of 60km/h or less.

Where the speed limit is above 60km/h, extreme speed must involve driving at 80km/h or more above that limit.

The penalties can go as high as five years in jail if the offenses are committed during a police pursuit if the vehicle is stolen, if drugs or alcohol are involved or if the driver is on a learner or probationary license.

Hoons who drive at extreme speeds will face up to three years in jail under new laws introduced in the South Australian parliament. (Randy Tarampi/Unsplash)

Road Safety Minister Vincent Tarzia said this new legislation would help protect all road users. “This sends a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” he said. Vincent Tarzia was appointed as the Minister for Police, Emergency Services, and Correctional Services in 2020. His portfolio also includes responsibility for Road Safety.

Hoon, in Australia and New Zealand, is a person who deliberately drives a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner, generally in order to provoke a reaction from onlookers. Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts, or screeching tires.

Chapman has previously served as deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2006 to 2009 and became deputy leader again in 2013. In that capacity, she served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition between March 2006 and July 2009, and again between February 2013 and March 2018.

She was also the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for State Development, having gained the extra portfolio of State Development in a cabinet reshuffle on January 2016.

(Edited by Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar and Ritaban Misra. Map by Urvashi Makwana)