Tourist caught over speed limit
A TOURIST and his translator appeared at the Mansfield Magistrates Court last week, where a man from United Arab Emirates was pleading guilty to two charges.
On July 1 the man was travelling along Mount Buller Road in Merrijig when he was caught exceeding the speed limit.
He was also charged for failing to drive on the left of the dividing white line.
Highway Patrol officers intercepted the man after detecting him at a speed of 116km/h in a 100km/h zone, and he received two penalty notices totalling over $450 on the spot.
Prosecution officer Fiona Nation told Magistrate David Cottrill that the man was “driving erratically”.
The man was apologetic, telling the court that he was confused.
“In my 20 years of driving, I have never received a speeding or parking fine,” he told Mr Cottrill.
The man walked away with a $500 fine without conviction, as well as a statutory cost of $127.
“He is very lucky,” Mr Cottrill said.