Understanding street racing and 'hoon' culture: An exploratory investigation of perceptions and experiences

Armstrong, Kerry A. & Steinhardt, Dale A. (2006) Understanding street racing and 'hoon' culture: An exploratory investigation of perceptions and experiences. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 17(1), pp. 38-44.

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Street racing can take the form of spontaneous one-to-one racing or highly organised events, while "hooning" generally refers to activities such as burnouts or excessive acceleration. Recent media reports have highlighted the potential for fatalities or injuries and the public nuisance caused by these behaviours. Subsequently, formal "anti-hooning"legislation has been passed in four Australian states and New Zealand. In the last two years since the introduction of Queensland’s 'anti-hoon' legislation, over 1500 vehicles have been impounded and over 4100 disturbance complaints registered. Official Queensland police reports have registered 169 ‘hooning’ or racing crashes involving 12-24 year olds in the period 1999-2004. Current research suggests those involved are typically young males aged between 16 and 25. The current investigation used a combination of focus groups, e-mail responses and message board feedback to conduct an examination of the experiences and perceptions of young people in regards to ‘hooning’ behaviour and legislative reforms. It is proposed that the results can be used to inform existing legislation and the assist in the development of interventions from both a youth and Queensland Police Service perspective.

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ID Code: 2785
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This paper was earlier presented in the Proceedings Australian Road Safety Research Policing Education Conference 2005, Wellington, New Zealand. The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Illegal street racing, focus groups, hoon culture
ISSN: 1832-9497
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:31

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