Central Victorian impounds top 1000

CENTRAL Victorian police have taken more than 1000 vehicles off the road since the start of the hoon impoundment scheme in 2006. 

Senior Sergeant Paul Gardiner from Bendigo's Highway Patrol said there had been 1501 impounds for central Victoria, which takes in the Macedon Ranges, Mt Alexander, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Greater Bendigo and Campaspe local government areas. 

So far this year there have been 136 vehicles impounded in Bendigo. 

Senior Sergeant Gardiner said the perception that Bendigo was the hoon capital was not entirely accurate and that proactive policing was "the reason we sit on the top of the pile a lot of the time." 

A breakdown of police statistics shows: 

- 47 of those vehicles were impounded for unlicensed, suspended or disqualified driving; 

- 42 for improper use or careless driving; 20 for excessive speed; 10 for overloading, seven court ordered impounds. 

For more on Senior Sergeant Gardiner's push to move away from the word 'hoon' read tomorrow's Bendigo Advertiser.

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