A road hog, 1914
IT is almost impossible to say who the first motorist fined for speeding in the North East was, but this 1914 court appearance must qualify as one of the early ones.
Speed limits and penalties had been set down in the Motor Car Act, and in Chiltern Court on this day, a fine of two pounds was handed out to a motorist who was going 25 miles an hour.
The trouble was, he was doing this speed in Chiltern’s main street, causing havoc to horse and pedestrian traffic, and refused to stop when challenged, roaring off up the highway towards Albury.
A message was sent ahead to Barnawatha, where he was intercepted and booked.