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Old 11-10-2003, 15:57   #1 (permalink)
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Loss Of Licence

Well, Last week i was driving along Beach Rd. St. Kilda, and was speeding which i didnt even realise becuase i had so many shit going thru my mind while driving. I got done for doing 120km/h in a 60 zone which is immediate loss of 12 months of suspended licence and $450 fine, also need to go court.

Im still waiting for my notice to come so i can go court. But also i was thinking, i need my car every single day because i need to Uni everyday. I travel 25km to Uni and another 25km back which makes me 50km driving a day! With Train it takes me 2.5 hours just to get to my destination! Also need the car to drive work as well. Would the judge lower my penalty if i told him/her about this?

Also was thinking, if they did suspend my licence for 12months, could i be still be able to get a MotorBike Licence, so i can buy a bike to get to Uni etc... ?
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Old 11-10-2003, 16:18   #2 (permalink)
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I believe that they can (and sometimes do) make exceptions in certain circumstances where otherwise it would cause immense problems.

That said, I would be investing in a really good laywer, and thinking of some really good excuses - cause I suspect that if you try "i was thinking of stuff" they will just laugh and throw the book at you . . .

120 in a 60 zone is waaaay over the limit - not something that should escape the notice of a driver, regardless of what they are thinking about . . . and unless you can convince them otherwise, that weill be the line of thinking of the judge . . . .
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Old 11-10-2003, 16:18   #3 (permalink)
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I doubt they will allow you to get a motorbike licence.

They may shorten the loss of your licence, but the fine won't get any smaller.

How did you not notice you were going twice the speed of all the other cars?
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Old 11-10-2003, 16:26   #4 (permalink)
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Freak, It was 1am in the morning.... no cars were around!
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Yeah, how on earth could you not realise you were doing twice the speed limit! I would have thought when you were zooming past people you may have clicked.

No excuses for that in my opinion. Having said that, good luck with the court proceedings......
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DAMN!! you poor bastard... 1am is the most unexpecting time! good luck with your case buddy.
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Old 11-10-2003, 17:53   #7 (permalink)
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Well you were lucky - that nobody was crossing the road! I'm sure we have all inadvertently gone over the limit, but 60 kays over? As XR8 Lamah said I have also heard of discretion being used, but I don't like your chances.
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In NSW a long time ago a fiend of mine had a similiar thing and the result was - If you can prove you need the car for work or your case uni, you can choose to take a Probationary licence [and drive with P plates](assuming you had a full licence), which will have like 1 point for a year - and only allowed to and from work/uni, now the down side of this is - you MUST attend a driver education course, and if you get caught doing ANYTHING wrong you loose your licence for 2 years at least and get a big fine.

Maybe different these days, but basically see a solictor ASAP and ask, or get legal aid.

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Oh and the fine will not be reduced regardless :) - sorry about that. If you are poor, you will get a payment schedule set to pay the money however over time.

Best thing to do is plead guilty, tell the truth, and beg nicely.
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Old 11-10-2003, 18:51   #10 (permalink)
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10-20k's over I can understand, but 60.
I dont think so.

If you are ever going to speed,not that I am promoting it, keep it to less than 25k's over as you cant lose your licence for being over that much.

Also, dont jump on here complaining about you cant make it to uni & stuff as it was your own fault.
Just imagine if someone was crossing the road at that time.
They would have looked right and seen you ages away, thinking you are on the speed limit and stepped out.
You are travelling at 35meters per second.
There would be no way you could have stopped.

Speed limits are in force for everyones safety, yours included.
I guess this has taught you a valuble lesson
Lets just hope you dont lose your job because of it.

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