Excuse is a bridge too far
A YOUNG mum who tried to claim her speedometer was faulty has been told in court that “no one in their right mind” could do 130km/h over the Gateway Bridge and not realise they were speeding.
Wynnum Magistrates Court yesterday heard former finance worker Maria Kayla Kostopoulos, 28, was pulled over by police at about 11.55am on July 2 when she was clocked at 130km/h in the 80km/h zone. Having crossed the bridge to the south, Kostopoulos (inset) – who had a history of f speeding – initially attempted to argue her speedometer was faulty, but abandoned proceedings before pleading guilty yesterday.
“No person in their right mind can say that was an honest mistake,” police prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Blackburn told the court.
“This was a very fast speeding. It appears fines are not curbing her behaviour.”
Magistrate Athol Kennedy said even if Kostopoulos was driving without a speedometer in the 80km/h zone, she would have left motorists speeding at 100km/h in her wake at 130km/h.
Kostopoulos was fined $1245 and disqualified from driving for six months.