Driver’s plate swap didn’t go un­no­ticed

The Queensland Times - - News - – Ross Irby

JODIE Dawson was be­hind the wheel of a small Toy­ota Echo when Ip­swich po­lice noted some­thing amiss; its reg­is­tra­tion plates were for a chunkier Holden Com­modore.

Dawson told po­lice she did not think it mat­tered be­cause the Com­modore also be­longed to her.

Jodie Ma­ree Dawson, 37, from Goodna, pleaded guilty in Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court to driv­ing with no pre­scribed in­ter­lock de­vice fit­ted on May 18; us­ing reg­is­tra­tion plates that be­long to an­other ve­hi­cle; and driv­ing a ve­hi­cle dur­ing a num­ber plate con­fis­ca­tion pe­riod.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Sergeant Tracey Laing said Dawson was in­ter­cepted in the Echo at 9.30pm and noted the car was not fit­ted with the in­ter­lock de­vice as re­quired.

The at­tached plates were for a Com­modore.

Dawson said she was in the process of buy­ing the Echo from her aunty. Her daugh­ter at­tached the plates for her and “she didn’t think it would be a prob­lem as the plates were reg­is­tered to her”.

Sgt Laing said the car had been im­mo­bilised for 90 days from April 20 due to an­other mat­ter.

“I wasn’t aware the car was im­mo­bilised. I shouldn’t have been driv­ing it as it didn’t have the in­ter­lock,” Dawson told the court.

She was fined $600 and dis­qual­i­fied three months.

Photo: Contributed

A woman has ad­mit­ted to driv­ing with­out an al­co­hol ig­ni­tion in­ter­lock sys­tem as re­quired.

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