The same driver, the same of­fi­cer, big fine

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

No. 9935

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