Po­lice catch speed­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dent

Mansfield Courier - - News -

A MAN ap­peared at the Mans­field Mag­is­trates Court last Wed­nes­day, where he pleaded guilty to speed­ing charges from Septem­ber.

The man was trav­el­ling to­wards Mans­field along Ma­roon­dah High­way in Yarck, which is a 60km/h zone.

Po­lice were per­form­ing du­ties in an un­marked ve­hi­cle when they saw the man, who was driv­ing behind a white ve­hi­cle, over­take at high speed.

The man was caught trav­el­ling at 94km/h, and was later in­ter­cepted.

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Se­nior Con­sta­ble Fiona Na­tion read the in­ci­dent re­port to Mr Mithen in court.

“He told the po­lice that the car he over­took was driv­ing too slow,” Ldg Snr Const Na­tion said.

The man also pro­duced an in­ter­na­tional driver’s li­cence and a stu­dent ID.

“I had to speed up to get past the car,” the man told Mr Mithen.

“Then I saw the 100km sign ap­proach­ing, so I didn’t slow down.”

The man, who is in his sec­ond semester of univer­sity in

Aus­tralia, re­ceived an on the spot fine of $500.

“We all have to drive safely,” Mr Mithen said.

“There is a rea­son that Yarck is a 60km zone.

“It is a built up area with res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.”

The man re­ceived a three­month li­cence sus­pen­sion as well as a manda­tory good be­hav­iour un­der­tak­ing of 12 months.

“I know that it is very hard when some­one is driv­ing slowly – it can be frus­trat­ing,” Mr Mithen said.

“But these are the rules.”

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