Police catch speeding international student
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.
Prosecution officer Leading
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.”