Tourist caught over speed limit

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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.

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