Repeat offender's car seized by police

A SUMMERHILL man's car has been seized by police for repeat driving offences.

Mathew James Richard-Youd, 21, was convicted in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday on two counts each of driving while unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured.

Police seized his Holden Commodore station wagon after the second lot of offences on the Tasman Highway near Scottsdale on April 4 this year.

Magistrate Tim Hill granted the forfeiture order, and gave Richard-Youd a three-month suspended sentence.

Northern Police Commander Richard Cowling said police could make an application under the Police Offences Act if a person had three or more prior convictions under the state's anti- hooning laws.

Mr Cowling said police would target disqualified drivers, speeding and hooning over the Christmas period.

"Research indicates that disqualified and hooning drivers are responsible for a disproportionate number of serious motor vehicle crashes and these laws protect the public by taking dangerous people off our roads," Mr Cowling said.

"(Yesterday's) order serves as a timely reminder that if you choose to drive at high speeds, or hoon around our suburbs then you run the risk of losing your vehicle forever."

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