Drive in a Dangerous Manner With Priors for Excessive Speeding

This is a case of Drive in a Dangerous Manner with priors for excessive speeding.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with Drive in a Dangerous Manner (speed dangerous). The charge alleged that our client was driving his vehicle at 209 km/hr in a 100 km/hr speed zone, along a stretch of highway on Eastlink. There were no further aggravating facts (alcohol, drugs, mobile phone use).

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Moorabbin Justice Centre for the charge of Exceed Speed Limit.

Our client had prior traffic infringements for excessive speeding. Although Drive in a Dangerous Manner is one of the most serious offences under the Road Safety Act – and is the relevant priors our client had for previous speeding offences – the magistrate was persuaded to contain the penalty to a fine and imposed a period of 18 months license disqualification.

The offence of Drive in a Dangerous Manner is an offence which attracts imprisonment. Were it not for the impressive plea material presented, our client was at risk of far more severe penalties.

Upon our recommendation, our client completed the Road Trauma Awareness course and had obtained several impressive testimonials from family and friends which demonstrated his responsibility in other spheres of his life. Submissions were also directed at what our client had learnt from his participation in the Road Trauma Awareness course, particularly the insight he had developed into his own behaviour behind the wheel.

What was the result?
Our client was fined $1,500 and his license disqualified for 18 months. This was a good result especially considering that the charge of Drive in a Dangerous Manner involved priors for excessive speeding.
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