The same driver, the same officer, big fine
A ROCHESTER woman who was caught twice driving while suspended two days apart by the same police officer has been fined $900.
Bethany Knight, 29, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to two counts of driving while suspended.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens told the court Knight was caught the first time in Kyabram on August 17.
‘‘At 4.48am the accused was intercepted by police where vehicle registration checks indicated the owner was suspended from driving,’’ she said.
‘‘On August 19 the accused was intercepted by police in Kyabram by the same police officer.
‘‘When asked what her reason for driving unlicensed was, she said she had to get to work.’’
The court heard Knight didn’t receive a letter from VicRoads prior to the first offence stating she had lost her licence.
Magistrate Patrick Southey said once she was aware of the suspension she did it again just two days later. ‘‘It casts a doubt on her whole story,’’ he said. ‘‘Your only option was to obey the law and you didn’t do that.
‘‘Driving while suspended is a serious charge and for you to lose all your points by speeding is too much too often.’’
Mr Southey convicted and fined her.