As part of new Victorian anti-hoon laws, drivers and riders who commit certain offences are required to complete a VicRoads Safe Driving Program.
The VicRoads Safe Driving Program will apply to offences where the vehicle is impounded as a result of:
• Excessive speed
• Conducting or engaging in race/speed trials
• Loss of traction offences (e.g. burnouts, wheel spinning); and
The person committing the offence is sent to court and convicted.
One third of all road deaths and serious injuries in Victoria are related to speed. Excessive speed results in the death of over 100 people and the serious injury of over 2,000 people every year.
Loss of traction is associated with increased crash risk, destruction of public and private infrastructure, as well as noise complaints from residents in areas where loss of traction offences such as burnouts and donuts occur.
VicRoads was given the task of developing and managing the program. VicRoads has a responsibility to ensure Victorian roads are safe for all road users. VicRoads is also responsible for efficient and equitable road use, in particular to ensure that costs are paid by those who incur them. This program will help you to have a greater understanding of why you have driven illegally and identify alternatives to help prevent future legal consequences.
The aim of the VicRoads Safe Driving Program is to reduce the likelihood of you engaging in illegal, dangerous driving behaviour in the future. The Program seeks to achieve this by assisting you to:
• Understand the issues surrounding high risk driving and riding;
• Review the needs you fulfill by engaging in high risk driving or riding;
• Develop alternatives to high risk driving or riding;
• Reduce the likelihood of you being involved in a crash; and
• Help you avoid vehicle impoundment, vehicle seizure, licence suspension or licence cancellation.
No one can make you change your driving or riding behaviour. However, this program will provide you with information about the risks associated with your driving, the opportunity to understand what motivates it, and to consider what changing your behaviour may mean for you.