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‘Late for work’ excuse for speeding

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Numerous speeding charges were heard in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 12 July, one involved a 26-year-old female.
The court heard Clara Brown was allegedly travelling 132km/h on the Western Freeway at Ballan on February 8 this year, exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h.
Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Simon Pearce told the court the weather during the time of the offence was “dry, the traffic was light, and the weather was fine.”
Brown’s explanation for excessive speed was that she was “late for work” and “wasn’t aware of the speed [she] was going at the time.”
Magistrate Ross Betts fined Brown $250 without conviction.