Hamilton hit with ‘hooning’ fine

Lewis Hamilton has been fined £288 for driving infringements in Melbourne during the Australian GP weekend.

The McLaren driver was caught by police performing burnouts outside the paddock at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was later impounded by police.

Hamilton apologised for his behaviour, which he referred to as over-exuberant driving, but was charged with driving offences and the matter put before the courts.

Due to his preparations for this weekend’s Belgian GP at Spa, Lewis didn’t appear in court, but he was handed a fine and told by magistrate Clive Alsop that he should set a good example to youngsters with his behaviour.

“This is about somebody in a responsible position behaving like a hoon,” he said.

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i thought doing burnouts is consider as rigorous driving??? which the fine is around 1000AUD….

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“it still took four miles to catch me” sounds like a hooligan to me, and yes, I am a biker, idiot!

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@ shame-ilton, my thoughts exactly

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…mmm bad thing… not hamilton’s but over restricting aussie police…

BOOORIING!!!

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I believe the real reason people got upset over this is because the state of Victoria and its police appear to have outlawed the very basic legal principle of common sense. Your anti-hooning law is crap and your overly rigid speed enforcement is equally so.

Hamilton broke a bad law which was in turn enforced with no regard for its spirit and only its letter, which is too damn vague to begin with. You can make a very strong argument that a professional driver demonstrating cutting-edge car control whether on a public road or not is NOT HOONING.

In the US, if a cop saw Jeff Gordon doing the same, he might take him aside and give him a good talking-to, but would probably not write him a ticket. Is that fair? The only thing you could get him on is reckless driving, in which case you’d have to prove recklessness.

Given the public image of Aussies as a free-spirited, adventurous, open-minded people, Victoria’s traffic enforcement is a national embarrassment. The only hope is that it catches enough “normal” folks in its trap to force a change.

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I take it back. The anti-hooning law, if it specifically bans “intentional loss of traction” isn’t too vague, it’s too rigidly in the other extreme.

Like I said, in the States we have something called “reckless driving” which varies by state in terms of specific definition, but usually means causing a substantial risk of harm to life and/or property. It has to be dangerous to certain standard for the charge to stick.

Conversely, not dangerous = not reckless.

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Bloody Victorians, great way of supporting the race copper. Lewis probably does this at every race around the world. Now what will he say about Australia? Victoria needs to grow up, forget massive traffic fines & start common sense driver training.
Here in Darwin, Northern Territory we didn’t have any speed limits on our highways, but now we do our road toll gets higher every year.

Very embarrassing victoria, grow up..

Driver Education is the only way to make our roads safer.

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I pretty much think common_sense is on the mark. The image that Aussies are free spirited and open minded makes me laugh but only to cover up my frustration. Our government seems to be trying to make the country a national retirement home, where everybody looks at me like I’m a gangster because I drive a sports car and ride on a skateboard. Not only can you get your car impounded for having the tiniest bit of fun in an quiet area on wide roads for margin for error I got a fine recently for $500AUD for skating outside the city where there was noone to bump into or hurt and the policewoman said I deserve to be locked up for questioning what harm or potential problems I was causing besides breaking a law made by a rich idiot who has never been subject to common society.

I’m sick of such conservative laws that drive people to live in fear of everything. It feels like soon we wont be allowed out of our own homes without applying for a permit to walk on the street

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The Aust. Police have a World wide reputation as being the Dummest of the bunch.

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The Aust. Police have a World wide reputation as being the Dummest of the bunch.

AGREE!!!!!!!!!

PLUS AUSSIE POLICE CAN BE REAL ASS… they spend too much time on catching people who are speeding and stuff but they dont catch those burglary!!!

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